Linux Firewalls and Antivirus, Needed or Not?
Windows XP, left unpatched, is vulnerable to malware that can make it shrivel up and die within a few minutes of being connected to the Internet. Even after patching, Windows is still subject to virus and spyware attacks that make third-party security tools a must. Linux, on the other hand, has a reputation for being relatively impervious to attack via the Net. But is it really immune to the threats that stalk Windows?
The answer has long been, and still is, a qualified yes. Sure, occasionally viruses, worms, and rootkits are written specifically to compromise Linux systems. But if you avoid a couple of major blunders, those relatively few threats are unlikely to do you any real harm, for reasons I'll go into below. To sleep utterly soundly, however, you may still need to take some steps to malware-proof your Linux system. PCWorld.com - Free Agent: Linux Firewalls and Antivirus--Needed or Not?
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