Linked by Igor Ljubuncic on Mon 21st Jun 2010 09:35 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I've bored the readers of my personal website to death with two rather prosaic articles debating the Linux security model, in direct relation to Windows and associated claims of wondrous infections and lacks thereof. However, I haven't yet discussed even a single program that you can use on your Linux machine to gauge your security. For my inaugural article for OSNews, I'll leave the conceptual stuff behind, and focus on specific vectors of security, within the world of reason and moderation that I've created and show you how you can bolster a healthy strategy with some tactical polish, namely software.
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Firewalls are over-rated, both on workstations and standalone gateways.

Off-topic but this is especially common in corporate environments where many managers seem to think that firewalls (especially Cisco ones) are magic amulets that will protect you from all evil.

Overrated, maybe. Over-relied-upon, definitely. But they have value. At least a few Windows remote exploits were preventable or otherwise mitigated by using a firewall (maybe Linux ones, too). And they help in a defense-in-depth strategy. They might also help some less-skilled Windows users detect network-accessing malware (though the false alarms often generated diminish the advantage there).

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