I'd like to hear some comments about banks not refunding money if the person doesn't have a virus scanner installed?
I remember in Windows a few months back I had to switch from Firefox to Chrome because there was a stubborn trojan I got from the official download of Firefox (I googled and others were reporting the same thing) so I stopped using FIrefox. I guess it'd be safe in Linux but now my bookmarks, etc. are all in Google Bookmarks and Chrome. But anyway, it was a recent event.
I did some googling and found some interesting articles:
Meet Linux Viruses (July 26, 2012): http://www.unixmen.com/meet-linux-viruses/
Why Linux Will Never Suffer From Viruses Like Windows (September 4, 2012): http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Why-Linu ... e-Windows/
This one is good as it details some good points on how LInux is more secure and thus may not need a virus scanner (where the previous article takes on a more cautious tone).
With the rise of the Linux desktop, will viruses follow? (September 4, 2012): http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/openso ... ollow/3818
This one is also mentioning how Linux, by design is more secure. however, as of when I write this (and poll results change). There are a good 30% that feel that there will be a rise in Linux Viruses where almost equal amount of people voted otherwise or doubtful. So the users that voted, it was more or less 50-50-ish confidence.
Myth Busting: Is Linux Immune to Viruses? (February 9, 2010 - OLD): https://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/2 ... to-viruses
The only reason I'm mentioning it is at the near bottom of the article it mentions rootkits and the rkhunter
tool, which maybe some may find useful.
How to write a Linux virus in 5 easy steps (February 11, 2009 - OLD): http://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6229
Scroll down to You don't need to be root to 0wn someone
. There are some interesting points made in that paragraph. DISCLAIMER: I don't recommend nor condone anyone actually try to do what is in that article. It's just for reference only.
I personally think the threat is real that someone could unknowingly pick up something that would capture their password to their bank or credit card and cause some really bad, irreparable financial damage. And while I don't know my bank's policy, I've read some concerns that some banks are requiring a virus scanner installed on computers that do online banking or if the customer loses money then they won't be reimbursed or charges waved, causing potential financial ruin. I don't think banks should put that on the user because even users can't guarantee anything.
FWIW, I uninstalled COMODO as it doesn't work. Being an ex-Windoze user, I am still trying to get the piece of mind I had (maybe even mistakenly) that the computer was not likely to be compromised (as mentioned above, it was anyway and from an official source).
Call me paranoid, but I think it's still something that should be kept in mind. Maybe not just users but developers as well. So those that want it, can have it and those that don't, it won't be installed by default...
HP Pavilion g7 2010nr 64-bit laptop running Linux Mint 14 KDE as the only OS.