bigj231 wrote:To be honest, that is a risk with any operating system. Your safest bet (In my opinion) is to not do or store any sensitive stuff on your computer. Since this is almost never practical, the best thing you can do is keep your OS up to date with the latest security updates. Do the same for all your plugins too.
If you're running Firefox, try noscript. It's a pain to use, but I've never had it let me down. You could also turn off java, flash, etc. That is again, not practical, but it is more secure if you are worried about vulnerabilities in those plugins.
The best way to keep stuff safe? Stay off of dodgy websites (like the ones you listed, torrent sites, you know the rest), don't do stupid stuff (ad banners anyone?), and don't do anything sensitive on public WiFi (or WiFi period). Also, don't sotre your passwords on your computer. If you have to type them in daily, you will not forget them, and they won't be in a file on your system.
hdparm -y /dev/sda; echo offline > /sys/block/sda/device/state; echo 1 > /sys/block/sda/device/delete
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