I have only dabbled with other OS and my experience is very limited. I would say I only have done a few mods to conf files in command line, and for the most part been very conservative when doing mods or configuring. I purchased a laptop for testing and as of now have only successfully installed a few distros and landed back on Fedora as I am looking for a security minded OS.
On another distro and forum I found that I was often told to bypass or ignore some messages that appeared to be “bugs” or “possible security” issues to keep the OS working. I am in noway saying that what I was told was malicious or wrong. My gut just told me that I should try and dig and find the answers to what I am trying to achieve.
I am currently reading through a book called Mastering Linux Security and Hardening and am working within Boxes on an Ubuntu server following the tutorials. I really want to get off the Windows/Mac train and do more for myself. I fell in love with Apple Mac years ago and that is a continual money pit. They make things easy, just keep paying them. Windows has a lot of good features I like, but it is another money pit just to keep it secure and the addition of resource hogging from the security software needing run on Windows.
I think computersavvy hit the nail on the head, I need to start breaking things and fixing them to better learn. After reading all of your great posts/replies (that I so appreciate), I thought about my goals and I will take small steps with a somewhat organized approach:
- Installing OS and configuring hardware (including keeping things updated)
- learning to backup (correctly)
- configuring firewall
- getting my computers talking to each other (home network)
- super securing web browsing and email
I will try and break down each of these more microscopically and try not to chase so many rabbits down the wrong holes. I get overwhelmed sometimes to find I have spent a lot of time and energy on things not meeting my goals. There is so much interesting information out there, maybe I got ADD (haha) who knows.
Thanks again to everyone, I’m sure I will have more questions on this journey.