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Linux-based operating systems have a reputation for being very secure and private. Linux is free and open source, unlike Windows or macOS. This makes its source code more open to scrutiny—more difficult for developers to add any malicious software.

Many Linux distributions also have built-in features and apps for improved desktop security. But installing a Linux OS isn't the be-all and end-all solution for protecting your desktop.

Fortunately, there are also many free and open-source software (FOSS) that can add more layers of protection to your desktop. Here are some of the best Linux apps for keeping your computer private and secure.