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Firewall, Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware For Ubuntu


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#1 tb75252

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 08:59 PM

I have Ubuntu 10.01 LTS on my computer. I am totally inexperienced with Linux...

Questions:
1a) Does Ubuntu come with a firewall?
1b) Is it turned on by default?
1c) What is the name of the software and where do I find it?
1d) If Ubuntu does not come with a firewall, which one do you recommend? (Something with a GUI, please!)

2a) In the near future, I am planning on setting up a network with another computer that has Windows installed. Will I need to have anti-virus, anti-spyware installed on my Linux computer to protect from possible viruses etc. coming from the Windows computer? (The Windows PC already has a firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware software installed)
2b) What software do you recommend?

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 10:20 AM

1) Ubuntu does have a firewall its called iptables you can google it and find out about it.

2) It is off by default, but can be configured.

3) iptables

4) You will not need AV or other spyware tools on Linux as the architecture is quite different between windows and linux.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 01:19 PM

Firestarter is a nice GUI for configuring IPtables

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 11:46 PM

Or look at GUFW - a very simple GUI to turn on firewall

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 08:13 PM

AVG and ClamAV are both available for linux distro's, although your concern is backwards, files from the linux PC can infect the windows PC (if you download something nasty on the linux PC and then move it to the windows PC it may infect it)

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 03:51 AM

Don't run anything that connects to the internet as root and keep your system up to date. Don't use remote access or ssh.
If you do that, it is very hard for anyone to take control of your system.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 05:59 AM

Don't use remote access or ssh.



SSH version 2, is perfectly fine to use.




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