Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Feb 2006 17:10 UTC
Features, Office One of the biggest reasons for many people to switch to a UNIX desktop, away from Windows, is security. It is fairly common knowledge that UNIX-like systems are more secure than Windows. Whether this is true or not will not be up for debate in this short editorial; I will simply assume UNIX-like systems are more secure, for the sake of argument. However, how much is that increased security really worth for an average home user, when you break it down? According to me, fairly little. Here's why.
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I agree. But its not the whole story.
by sbergman27 on Sun 5th Feb 2006 19:29 UTC
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I have long felt that for a single user system not running as root was a hugely over-rated piece of advice.

Usually that gets me flamed. And there is usually someone ready to argue it out with me and "prove" that it is best not to run as root. And they usually do "prove" their point (in a greatly watered down form) because there are indeed security advantages to not running as root.

But that whole dogma^Wbusiness is way over-hyped.

Fortunately, UNIX and Linux subscribe to the idea that security is multi-layered. "Don't run as root" is but one layer of many. It has great benefit on multi-user systems. Rather less on single user desktops.

Security is like winter clothes. Its most effective in layers, and one size does not fit all.

P.S. And what's with the database problem lately?! I've seen more of the janitor than I have actual news stories.

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