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asked 2013-09-03 06:05:32 -0500

NITIN ALEX KOSHY gravatar image

updated 2013-09-03 06:20:52 -0500

Which is the best internet security for my fedora 18 ? I use internet daily for more than 6 hours. So i think it is better to use an internet security. Which internet security it compatible with Fedora 18 ? and which executable file format did i download the internet security ? and please tell me how can i install it ?

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What is the issue exactly?

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-09-03 06:11:31 -0500 )edit
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I agree with @FranciscoD_ it would help if you formulated your question more specifically, see also: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ask_fedora_guidelines

Jann5s gravatar imageJann5s ( 2013-09-03 08:02:36 -0500 )edit
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I think you compare Linux vs Windows - I agree that surfing without an internet security suite under windows is dangerous but Fedora comes out of the box with an enabled firewall. Antivirus suites for Linux are available but as there are few Linux malware and other bad apps you are wasting your money but if you send/receive files to Windows users it is good to scan the files in case they send you something infected so that you can inform them accordingly. A free and open source scanner is clamav. -HTH

rheldaemon gravatar imagerheldaemon ( 2013-09-03 13:35:12 -0500 )edit
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Thank u brother...

NITIN ALEX KOSHY gravatar imageNITIN ALEX KOSHY ( 2013-09-04 11:42:00 -0500 )edit

I agree with @rheldaemon you don't need any antivirus program here feel free on internet.

SDas gravatar imageSDas ( 2014-10-11 05:39:15 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-09-03 08:35:54 -0500

pnadk gravatar image

Your question suggests that you are used to Windows "internet security" packages such as Norton Antivirus etc. Most people don't use antivirus software on Linux.

If you want to make your Internet browsing more safe, you can install some Firefox extensions which will block content that you have not approved. Try these: (1) AdBlock Plus, (2) NoScript, (3) Ghostery

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Thank u brother...

NITIN ALEX KOSHY gravatar imageNITIN ALEX KOSHY ( 2013-09-04 11:42:31 -0500 )edit
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answered 2014-10-11 12:08:44 -0500

dnozay gravatar image

updated 2014-10-11 12:11:32 -0500

If you think:

It's linux, there are no malware or virus.

YOU ARE WRONG. There are only less attacks on this class of users because exploits for windows systems are just better documented.

Here are some ways you can protect yourself better:

  • disconnect from the internet (= shut down your computer when not using it),
  • use virtualization software, e.g. QEMU or other proprietary software,
    • browse stuff inside the VM
    • install questionable software in the VM first, see if everything looks ok,
  • install a firewall, e.g. iptables,
  • add rules to the firewall, blocking all unused ports.
    • block inbound connections - these are folks outside trying to get in.
  • also block outbound connections,
    • if you have malware, it's already in, so it will want to get the information out,
    • outbound connections are malware sending your information out,
    • (I exagerate a bit, your browser will need port 80 open)
  • verify the packages you install, usually people publish checksums with them,
  • if the url says http:// instead of https:// then your connection is not secure,
    • guess what, people can actually listen in or change the contents in-flight.
  • install security updates often, after carefully reviewing how you would be impacted.
  • do not trust any extension or plugin you install in your browser.
    • have you read the sources?
    • did you know they have access to the data you are seeing?
    • did you know they can make requests on your behalf?
  • delete your cookies, e.g. when you close your browser,
    • cookies are what lets you get identified to websites; there is a whole section of attacks based on stealing your cookies. No cookies? nothing to steal.
  • use private browsing, for the reasons mentioned above.

Keep in mind: if someone really wants to target you, they may be successful, but that doesn't mean you should make their job easier.

Hope I raised your attention.

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answered 2013-09-06 02:59:17 -0500

anishjp gravatar image

As other people mentioned here, there is no need of a specific internet security/ antivirus software for linux but if it is really bothering you, you can install an antivirus software called ClamAV

yum install clamav
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Note that Linux antivirus software, such as ClamAV, is mainly focused on protecting Windows machines which connect to the Linux machine though, e.g. if you’re running a file server.

Gareth Jones gravatar imageGareth Jones ( 2013-09-06 11:11:39 -0500 )edit
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answered 2015-12-21 13:52:46 -0500

Ervin-Reloaded gravatar image

updated 2015-12-21 13:54:57 -0500

Eset offers an antivirus for Linux and it has a 30 day trial period. It claims it can also protect Linux systems from exploit code, usb with exploit code, in addition to detecting windows malware. It is worth a try, but I think it works only on the 32 bit version of Fedora. Eset Nod for Linux

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answered 2014-10-11 02:38:12 -0500

Is there is any need to update the clamAV ?? As like windows antivirus softwares???

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if there is any update available then you will get notification about it and should install it.

pnemade gravatar imagepnemade ( 2014-10-11 03:03:33 -0500 )edit

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