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August 2nd, 2010, 05:27 PM
Dealing with securities, Linux and Unix are not as vulnerable to attacks as Micorsoft Windows, does it work the same way with Ubuntu, or i do need to follow the same precautions as Internet Explorer?


Naitsirhc Hsem
August 2nd, 2010, 05:30 PM
1 It never hurts to be too cautious
2 ubuntu is a Distrobution or "Distro" of Linux so same security if not better
3 Most cyber attacks target MS windows because of it's ~90% of the market.

August 2nd, 2010, 07:06 PM
While some browser hacks might work (a browser is a browser), you don't have to worry so much about infections with most virus and malware. 99.9% of malware are written to install to the Windows Registry, and Linux doesn't have a Registry to infect. The very few bugs written for Linux are old and the kernel has been patched to deal with them.

You still need to be cautious when installing anything from a source other than the repositories. There was malware distributed in a screensaver (http://digitizor.com/2009/12/10/ubuntu-malware-for-ddos-attack-found-in-screensaver/) detected a while back, and it could happen again.

As Naitsirhc Hsem said, there's no such thing as too careful!

August 19th, 2010, 12:25 AM
Every few years Microsoft comes out with a new version of Windows, some better than others. Does Ubuntu release updates as well? If so are they pushed out to the community or are the users informed some how?


August 19th, 2010, 12:30 AM
New versions of Ubuntu come out every 6 months. 10.04.1 (Lucid Lynx) is the current release. On October 10th, the newest release will be 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). On April 28th, 2011 the newest release will be 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). There is a pattern. The number is based on when it was released. Maverick will be released on the 10th month of '10. So it is 10.10. Natty will be released on the 4th month of '11 so it will be 11.04