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Linux is a popular and powerful operating system, but it is not immune to malware. In fact, malware that targets Linux systems is on the rise. In fact, findings from Atlas VPN based on data from threat intelligence platform AV-ATLAS, claims that in 2022 there were 1.9 million new Linux malware threats, bringing the figure up 50% year-on-year.

Most of the new Linux malware samples were discovered in the first three months of the year, the report further claims. To protect your Linux system from malware, there are several steps you can take. 

First, keep your system up to date. The Linux community is constantly working to improve the security of the operating system, and new updates and patches are released regularly. Make sure that you are running the latest version of your Linux distribution, and that you have applied all available security updates.

Next, be careful when downloading and installing software. Only download software from reputable sources, such as the official website of the software developer or a trusted Linux software repository. Be wary of downloading software from untrusted sources, as it may be malware in disguise.

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