Linux Security Concerns December 10, 2006Posted by NAyK in Article Watch, Discussions-Conclusions-Hopes, Linux.
I read this post that hinted that Linux security is not progressive (Like Microsofts) and thus could stagnate… plus that Linux is not the centre of Virus attacks, thus there are no attacks at present. In the comments of this post, I found a link to this site, which asserted Linux security. The pro-Linux security site is a little technical, but what I could glean from it was basically to assert that Linux is internally more secure, from its core, more than Windows. This is partly because of it’s “modular structure” and asking the pertinent question: “Do the attacks so often succeed on Windows because the attacks are so numerous, or because there are inherent design flaws and poor design decisions in Windows?”
Anyway this is just an added discussion site, I’m not technical knowledgeable to argue one way or the other, but I do prefer the Linux-is-more-secure story. Especially since currently I’m experimenting with Anti-Virus software on Windows.
But I don’t want to be blind either. I know that viruses/trojans etc are not the only attacks through the internet… and instead, hackers/people controlling machines, getting data… are growing.
Therefore, perhaps, the earlier sites’ concerns are still valid, I hope (because I’m not the one doing it!) that the people behind linux are actively looking to strengthen security and informing users like me how to become more secure in the way we use/implement Linux.
Right now, I use Linux without a firewall in Ubuntu (I think). Nor do I think I have an anti-virus installed. Thus, I guess, I need to know how badly I need one… and when. Yesterday? or Tomorrow?