bharani wrote:1.Use noscript addon for firefox if you like.
2.Don't login as root unnecessaryly.
These two things will keep your machine safe from malware.
Debian? Really? I have Debian Testing and there is the root account! And if Mepis has it too it's probably because it is based on Debian. Parsix, which is based on Debian Testing has also the root account...DrHu wrote:Mint and Ubuntu and Debian all disable the root account
Unfortunately, in the interests of user convenience, in not having to use two passwords (root & the logged in user), Ubuntu and distributions based on that model make the first user an almost root user; except you do have to use sudo as a prefix in order to do an administrative (root like) task, and the password is your first created user password ---so we are already in danger just from the normal login process; but Mint and Ubuntu and Debian all disable the root account, so the full power is not available, only I don't know exactly what that limitation is between the pseudo root (first user account) and the real root (root account)
Despite that, Linux has proven quite safe as a system, even if you did run as root
gerry wrote:Thank you all for the advice regarding anti virus for mint, as it takes time to adapt from ms windows.
The more I use mint the more impressed I am makes win xp somewhat primitive by comparison.
Fred wrote:This is categorically untrue. Running an X session in root is tantamount to OS suicide. This must be a typo on your part. I can't believe you think that is true.
Fred wrote:Also, an argument can be made that it is easier to remember one good password than two. As an example, your user password could be: "Mychildren'sages+10areAmy46,Sarah36,&Catherine34.". I would love to see you break that one
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