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Thread: Securing my new Ubuntu Install

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2013

    Securing my new Ubuntu Install

    Hello everyone!

    I'm an absolute newbie to Ubuntu and I need help in helping getting the maximum security out of my Ubuntu as possible. This is because I will be mainly using it to store my Bitcoin wallet.

    I was wondering if you could guide me on how to setup a firewall, remove root access, and other important things that I should do to ensure maximum security.

    Thanks everyone,

    Jessica Tsang

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Western Australia
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Securing my new Ubuntu Install

    I can't really think of anything extra you would need to do.

    You don't need a firewall - your modem probably already has one. If it doesn't, just install gUFW and tell it to block all incoming ports.

    Ubuntu doesn't have root access by default.

    I can't think of anything else that you should do. Ubuntu is already pretty secure for the ordinary home user. Just don't install any server programs or Java if you can avoid it, and make sure you apply all security updates.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Sydney, Australia

    Re: Securing my new Ubuntu Install

    Welcome to the Ubuntuforums. There is a pretty good community document on basic security. Might be worth a read.
    “Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things”
    — Robert A. Heinlein


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