My apologies to all those tired of the newbies asking redundant questions that have already been answered on the boards. Believe me I've read and read but the answers I've seen weren't really applicable to my concerns. Please take pity on a Microsoft Escapee full of Anexiety.
1. How do I make a still functional User Account to use for general browsing, that cannot access the powerful SUDO command and should this be a concern anyway?
2. If I enable seLinux, have I actually helped to harden the system from internet exploits and hackers?
3. As far as security is concerned; What exactly is a service, and How do I know if a service is opening a port to the internet and making my computer less secure?
4. I know Java is a service (I'm reasonably sure it's not safe anywhere) but are programs like Pidgin, Opera Browser, Evolution, Firefox, adobe Flash? Can they be ran securely, do they open ports or allow exploits?
5. What is Synoptic? How do I use it and are the available plugins considered secure?
6. What if I install Wine and run my old windows games can I do so without fear of opening exploits via those .dll files
7. Metadata??? Do plug-ins contain metadata streams? in Ubunutu or Linux should I even be concerned?
8. Administrative privileges? Since I am the administrator is there an Administrators guide designed for Rookies? What books are out there for Debian or Ubuntu that will overall get me up to speed? With
9. I would like to use a Web-Cam capable messenger program that has some privacy features, anyone know of an open source or GPL liscensed one?
After the install of 8.04 is there any immediate steps I should take for keeping this desktop safe or making it safer?
I saw a thread in Security that concerned me called "hack me" it was suspended 2 weeks ago, although the overall thread was encouraging, it referred to opening ports and running services which caused me some alarm. I'm not running a server, I don't even use an email client. I'm just the guy who got sick of Microsoft's devotion to spying (one of my hopes is to eventually ban Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and adobe as well as their partners permanently from my desktop) and escalating my computing costs and decided it was time for a change, only problem is now I'm in unfamiliar waters.