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Security for Zorin operating system?
« on: March 17, 2020, 02:23:02 pm »
Hello everyone.  Our laptop uses a Zorin operating system, rather than Windows.  Is there a security programme we could run (either bought commercially or downloadable) to protect it from attack?  I'm thinking of this particularly as it looks like we are going to have to shop on line regularly now, being of an age, and wanting to protect our bank details as much as possible.

Thanks in advance

Peyte

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Re: Security for Zorin operating system?
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2020, 02:52:10 pm »
Zorin is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. It comes with Uncomplicated Firewall installed but you have to turn it on and that would be a start.
After that you probably want to make sure Firefox or Chrome is up to date.
ClamAV is probably the most popular Linux antivirus and malware scanner, its open source and free. You will have to see if its available as a package for Zorin.

To be honest if you want the latest security tools you would be better using a more popular Linux distribution that will have up to date packages for most things. Consider Ubuntu (the most popular these days), Mint or Redhat.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Security for Zorin operating system?
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2020, 09:33:43 pm »
As you probably have old hardware use one of the lightweight desktop distros. Xunbuntu or mint XFCE will run ok on most anything.

Re: Security for Zorin operating system?
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2020, 09:40:39 pm »
KDE is as lightweight as XFCE these days unless you turn on loads of animation effects. KDE has had some serious optimisation over the last couple of years.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Security for Zorin operating system?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2020, 07:13:46 am »
Zorin is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu.....
To be honest if you want the latest security tools you would be better using a more popular Linux distribution that will have up to date packages for most things. Consider Ubuntu (the most popular these days), Mint or Redhat.

Yes, Linux stuff takes a different approach to AV protection

It is inherently better at protecting itself and if there is a known problem it is usually fixed at source.  Whereas MS is inherently insecure and relies on a "bolt on" AV program

So the best thing to do with Linux is to ensure you have all the updates

Mac is sort of in-between the two.  Because their underlying stuff is proprietary it's more likely to have unfixed problems that bad people exploit.  Therefore special AV software is a good idea
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Re: Security for Zorin operating system?
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2020, 07:41:04 am »
Thank you, all!

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Re: Security for Zorin operating system?
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2020, 09:26:14 am »
I've never used AV on a Mac. Pretty much if you don't willingly install crap, keep everything updated, and a firewall up, the risk is low. I'd imagine Linux is much the same.
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Re: Security for Zorin operating system?
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2020, 05:24:01 pm »
Zorin is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu.....
To be honest if you want the latest security tools you would be better using a more popular Linux distribution that will have up to date packages for most things. Consider Ubuntu (the most popular these days), Mint or Redhat.

Yes, Linux stuff takes a different approach to AV protection

It is inherently better at protecting itself and if there is a known problem it is usually fixed at source.  Whereas MS is inherently insecure and relies on a "bolt on" AV program

So the best thing to do with Linux is to ensure you have all the updates

To a point.  There's still a place for tools like clamav, but their role tends to be one of running quietly in the background to provide malware-detection for things like mail and file servers, rather than interactively with the desktop user in order to reassure them that the money they spent on a security product was worthwhile.

Since the overwhelming majority of Linux machines don't have a desktop user attached to them, the common malware tends towards the worm end of the spectrum, rather than the trojans and spyware you tend to get on Windows.  As such, being up to date with patches, and appropriate use of firewalling (or indeed, just not running unneeded services) is more important than worrying about virus scanners.

You can of course run clamscan on the contents of a flash drive or whatever, if you have reason not to trust it.  Ultimately, what it's mostly going to be doing is detecting Windows malware that can't affect your computer, but you'd rather not be passing on...
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