What about viruses?
After an article about Linux vs. Windows viruses there's been a heated debate on how many viruses there actually are for the Linux platform and how much more secure people using Linux are than Windows users. What I've been thinking about is do Linux users really need an antivirus product?
Gagne said: "My first instinct in replying to this question was to stress the difference between viruses and trojans. Even in the Linux world, it is possible for someone to distribute a program that is actually a trojan horse. It is also possible to leave your system open to something as simple as somebody logging in through any of a variety of open network services. Exploiting too liberal an access policy (ie: no firewall), is not the same thing as a virus that infects your files because you received and opened an email attachment."
"Do Linux users need an anti-virus program? The short answer is no. Until such a time as someone can demonstrate that Linux represents as great a danger to the networked world as Windows (even on a 'per capita' basis), then it's pointless for Linux users to waste their money. Both Windows and Linux systems should be running a firewall -- that will protect you from service exploits. Linux systems, however, they do not need anti-virus programs." Gagne added.
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