Securely Installing Linux

    Date15 Jul 2002
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    It's important to be aware that when you're installing Linux, you're installing a powerful server operating system. As a home user, you probably won't use much of what's installed by default, and anything you don't use is a security risk you . . . It's important to be aware that when you're installing Linux, you're installing a powerful server operating system. As a home user, you probably won't use much of what's installed by default, and anything you don't use is a security risk you don't have to take. This means that most of the install procedure for a user like you or I actually involves not installing things, and then configuring the remaining elements as securely as possible. I can't stress enough that security is an important and ongoing concern, one that starts with installing and configuring your system as a stand alone box (so that it can't get hacked before you harden it), continues with constant attention to security holes and fixes, and then never ends.

    Hopefully that doesn't scare anyone off! Installed with any sort of care, Linux is no less secure than Windows, and is in many ways moreso. Someone has to want to crack your Linux box, as opposed to just sending out an email macro virus. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there that would do you harm, and with the increasing popularity of cable modems, dsl, and home networks, you really need to give security a lot of attention during the install, and later by staying abreast of the current security patches.

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