Do I need a firewall and antivirus stuff?

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Do I need a firewall and antivirus stuff?

Postby the lemming on Sat May 12, 2007 4:26 am

Hello

Having only played in a Microsoft world I am all too aware of hackers, viruses and spyware.

Now that I have decided to move over to Linux Mint do I need any kind of protection while surfing?

I only ask as I went to a site which tested for vulnrabilities and it got me wondering as I had failed some tests.

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Postby NiksaVel on Sat May 12, 2007 4:33 am

no, here is why:

http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... e-firewall


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Postby BlahBlah_X on Sat May 12, 2007 6:59 am

You don't need anything, but if you want to be on the super safe side, install a firewall. Just search in synaptic for "firewall" and look at the list.
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Postby NiksaVel on Sat May 12, 2007 7:02 am

firestarter for gnome and guarddog for KDE seem to be the most popular solutions - I've used them both and they are super-easy... extremely light no resources.... come to think of it they take up NO resources since they are only GUI frontends for configuring IPtables - which is an integral part of linux :)
and of course no annoying popups of any kind...

I've tried both and decided I have no use for it.... been using bianca stable since it was released (well ... almost since it was released) :)
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Re: Do I need a firewall and antivirus stuff?

Postby scorp123 on Sat May 12, 2007 7:10 am

the lemming wrote:I only ask as I went to a site which tested for vulnrabilities and it got me wondering as I had failed some tests.
Can you please give more details about this? What site and which test did you fail? You have to be cautious with such sites, especially if they belong to a vendor of anti-virus software and such. Even though you are probably perfectly safe such sites will try to make you believe that you absolutely need their products ... :wink:
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