Securely Installing Linux
It's important to be aware that when you're installing Linux, you're installing a powerful server operating system. As a home user, you probably won't use much of what's installed by default, and anything you don't use is a security risk you don't have to take. This means that most of the install procedure for a user like you or I actually involves not installing things, and then configuring the remaining elements as securely as possible. I can't stress enough that security is an important and ongoing concern, one that starts with installing and configuring your system as a stand alone box (so that it can't get hacked before you harden it), continues with constant attention to security holes and fixes, and then never ends.
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