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Linux spyware and pop-ups
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dig    Posted 12-16-2004 at 08:55:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are pop-ups and spyware for Linux based browsers. Fortunately they are few and far between. As I understand it, spyware and pop-ups take advantage of security holes in DirectX and javascript and, when you run windows, you are "root" all the time. Anybody that runs Linux knows enough to turn off javascript, or to use it only when needed. You don't need DirectX. (I've been sitting here trying to come up with the linux equivalent and can't.) Anyone that runs as Root all the time deserves what they get. When you create a User account it compartmentalizes and protects you from a lot of the inner workings of the linux kernel so there is nothing available for the spyware to spy on.

Everybody should know by now what a spam magnet IE and MSN Messenger are so we won't go into that. Although there are people that just flat insist they have to have them. A friend of mine is the system admin at a local school. He took off IE when Firefox was in Release Candidate stage. Explained to everyone via memo and in person what he did and why he did it. Within a week IE was back on most of the machines. And he's back to spending a large chunk of his time cleaning the junk off the hard drives while listening to people whine about how slow their computer is.

From what I've seen when it comes to Internet Security I'd put the various "True Unixes" as number 1. BSD and OS-X as number 2. The various flavors of Linux as number 3. Windows 9x and w2k as number 50. Windows eXPerimental as a number too high to count in your lifetime.


Clod    Posted 12-16-2004 at 10:37:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
TESTING


Clod    Posted 12-16-2004 at 10:35:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Completely avoid infection from all the Windows-based viruses and worms plaguing the Internet
Built-in Firewall to protect your privacy and your computer. Surf the Internet safely, read your emails and download files without being worried about hackers
Turn off annoying banners and pop-up ads
Surf multiple Web sites in one tabbed window
Fight Spam with intelligent filtering in the powerful Mozilla mail client<Access Windows partitions and drives automatically through Xandros File Manager


dig    Posted 12-16-2004 at 12:30:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
That pretty well covers it. There are weaknesses in Linux for the sleazy to exploit. But they are few and far between.

Man, you really into Xandros, ain't ya? I think Peanut and I created a monster. ;-)


Clod    Posted 12-16-2004 at 10:29:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
i stole this >>> Completely avoid infection from all the Windows-based viruses and worms plaguing the Internet
Built-in Firewall to protect your privacy and your computer. Surf the Internet safely, read your emails and download files without being worried about hackers
Turn off annoying banners and pop-up ads
Surf multiple Web sites in one tabbed window
Fight Spam with intelligent filtering in the powerful Mozilla mail client
Access Windows partitions and drives automatically through Xandros File Manager


Clod    Posted 12-16-2004 at 16:38:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry about the double barrel load here.I looked and forgot to refresh.It was not showing so I tried again. Yes ,You guys got me on the road to poverty because I get too many PCs and load them with Linux.I do love Linux a lot.My favorite is Linux Xandros2 Open circulationEXTERNAL<< I would have not gottten online with any of them.I like that I dont need a bunch of bug scanners.One prob is. Those who have not tried are afraid of the unknown.I just dive in and look like a fool for awhile . But that is the way to get over that hump.Thanks to you guys I have a lot of fun.


Peanut    Posted 12-16-2004 at 16:57:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Clod,

What are you gonna do when your PCs are all set up and running smoothly? You may want to take a stab at ripping apart your TV and seeing what improvements you can make in there too.

No operating system but I am sure there is something in there to tinker with :^)


Clod    Posted 12-16-2004 at 17:11:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was into electronics most of my life.But did other things.By the time I learned a certain area it changed .Then I studied more.But the technology changed faster than I learned.I got into building simple shortwave recivers awhile ,the audio amps.I bought kits then looked at the schemetics ,Then built the whole amps/recievers from parts and blank cuircuit boards,But I got to spending all my money on parts and giving the things away.A 53- 40 volt high amp transformer cost a lot of money.But that is the larget cost in the amps. The transistors are cheap.But the boards I built looked exatcly like the schemetics.(Unlike the normal boards.Then you could test the things easy and they were more simple.You never have enough money when you get into hobbies.But anything is cheaper than hotrod cars.


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