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    Linux vs Windows security

    is it true linux is more secure and why and can you explain in simple terms please its not for me im just proving a point to my family friends

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    Re: Linux vs Windows security

    This might be interesting for you:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=510812

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    Re: Linux vs Windows security

    In over-simplified terms:

    No viruses
    Security Holes are documented and fixed more quickly
    Permissions

    There are others, but those three spring to mind immediately.
    Can't think of anything profound or witty.
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    Re: Linux vs Windows security

    Ubuntu/Linux requires a password for installing and/or administering the system
    There are no known active viruses for Linux.
    Secure repositories for upgrading installing and/or upgrading softwares.
    The linux kernel gets updated as holes in the code are found.

    You can find a lot of info in the Ubuntu Security thread which covers the ins and outs of the security model as well as how to use the functions for optimum security.
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    Re: Linux vs Windows security

    Quote Originally Posted by uRock View Post
    Ubuntu/Linux requires a password for installing and/or administering the system
    There are no known active viruses for Linux.
    Secure repositories for upgrading installing and/or upgrading softwares.
    The linux kernel gets updated as holes in the code are found.
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    And no ports left open on public interfaces by default.

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    Re: Linux vs Windows security

    Windows is crap. Over 6 million people get a virus on windows every day. And on Ubuntu...umm, I've never even heard of ANYONE ever getting a virus on Ubuntu. Windows most critical files are are easy-to-modify .dlls in a folder labeled "Kick Me." (A.K.A Windows). Ubuntu was designed with much more thought put into it.

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    Re: Linux vs Windows security

    Waiting for this to be moved to "Recurring Discussions" in 3...2...1...
    Occam's Razor for computers: Viruses must never be postulated without necessity -- nevius

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    Re: Linux vs Windows security

    Security isn't an absolute, stable state; it's a position relative to a given specific risk or set of risks. There are risks present for users of Windows that do not exist for users of Linux. The reverse is also true, but those are quite different and are not encountered nearly as often.

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    Re: Linux vs Windows security

    The only 100% secure machine is one which is unplugged, turned off and stored behind a lock and key. That being said, there are quite a few things that make linux more secure than windows. While there are "no active viruses" for linux, there are rootkits, which you can think of as backdoor that's installed by a malicious party. However, they have to gain access to your computer by another method such as a bug that allows someone to gain root privs. etc.

    While linux is harder to compromise than windows, it's really about the end user/ administrator's due diligence in keeping the system system safe by not going to outside sources, untrusted sources for your software and installing all security updates when they are published and really, just not doing anything stupid that would get you into said position to being with.

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    Re: Linux vs Windows security

    I have to agree with rookcifer, this has been asked and answered several times. Moved to Recurring.

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