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    How to enhance security in Xubuntu?

    I already have a few measures in hand:
    1) Firefox with Ghostery, Adblock Plus, Procon Latte (OK, naughty websites are often security compromised), WOT, Webutation.
    2) Only install software from repos.
    3) Boot with an external hard drive instead of the internal one, and avoid Windows as much as possible. (Since the advent of external hard drives, I don´t mess with internal hard drives anymore.)

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    Re: How to enhance security in Xubuntu?

    Turn on the firewall, sudo ufw enable

    Be sure to add a rule if you have a peer-to-peer program or what have you, gufw is a GUI for ufw that may help with that.

    Also of note is that external hard disk are usually much slower than internal ones due to the interface they use, and the drives in the enclosures are often 5400 rpm drives. It might do to install Xubuntu to the internal drive and use the external drive for storage. If Windows is on the internal drive and you want to keep it, you could resize the partition, but doing that for NTFS is complicated. Installing Windows to an external drive is even more complicated...
    Last edited by ThatBum; August 31st, 2014 at 04:59 AM.
    Poof.

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    Re: How to enhance security in Xubuntu?

    Just remember that the most insecure part of any computer OS is the person pushing the buttons, and only you can make any difference to how that is done.

    Just take care not to do anything stupid and you are very likely to be uncompromised.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 14.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo

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    Re: How to enhance security in Xubuntu?

    Tails enhances security by enhancing privacy. Tor does the same, but not as safely.
    In working with *nix...There be dragons. Newcomers: I recommend reading Linux is Not Windows (http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm) and The Linux Command Line (http://www.linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php) before beginning your quest for a better OS.

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    Re: How to enhance security in Xubuntu?

    tor/tails is not a security tool, on the contrary, they work to provide anonymity to your internet traffic by having it go through 6 +/- nodes before reaching your final destination. Your data is much more prone to be intercepted the more nodes there are since each node can capture it.

    Obviously it's must more secure for you to have a direct connection to the service you are using, e.g. never do online banking with tails or tor.

    Find a thread 'is it difficult to harden ubuntu?' that one explains in simple steps how to activate apparmor's ffox profile, how to setup iptables and how to monitor active connections

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    Re: How to enhance security in Xubuntu?

    Hmm, just relax and enjoy your system!

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    Re: How to enhance security in Xubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by nomenkultur View Post
    it goes through 6 +/- nodes before reaching your final destination.
    Nope. It goes through 3. If it goes through more or less, you're not using Tor. https://www.torproject.org/about/ove...en#thesolution
    Your data is much more prone to be intercepted the more nodes there are since each node can capture it.
    Hmm. Are you thinking of this? https://tails.boum.org/doc/about/war....html#index1h1 Your traffic can be sniffed by an evil exit node unless you encrypt it end to end.
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