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NorthernJourney.com: Linux for Newbies: Part 6 -- Basic Security

Feb 03, 2000, 07:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)

"If you intend to connect your Linux system to the Internet via telephone, ADSL, cable modem, ISDN or T1, you should give serious consideration to the security of your system."

"Good security starts with good passwords..."

"For convenience most of us install Linux from CD-ROMs. The distribution on CD, however, is seldom as up-to-date as the version on the distribution website. This has security implications.

"The open-source community is quick to find, announce and fix security holes that are found in programs. All distributions have an announcement mailing list you can subscribe to, or a website page listing security updates. All distributions also maintain web or ftp sites where updates are stored."

"Linux distributions typically activate a number of services during installation that you don't actually need. The Unix tradition is that you, as system administrator, know what you're doing and will adjust your system accordingly. Unfortunately, as a new user, you may not even know yet what's going on under the hood."

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