Posted on 2005-05-12
Last Modified: 2010-04-09
Some say Linux machines are less targeted by virus, but what about by intrusion? I noticed quite frequent intrusions occur on my Linux machine. Are they less dangerous than that in Windows machines?
Question by:simala
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    Not really..if you see there are lot of threats to *nic as well..However because of the nature there are far more virus attacks or spyware ( people say its not a flaw but a feature of internet explorer)on windows...n traditionally Linux or *nix has been developed for server based os with considering the security aspect....
    on the other hand Windows developed mainly as PC or ease of the diff..
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    No, that is a misnomer.  In hack attempts it is the ports that are scanned first, everything else after entry is gained.  So essentially, a Linux machine is only as safe as the firewall protection you have.  Having said that, Microsoft's OS does have a good amount of holes in it's programming, and since the company is so hated, most hackers attempt to hack MS.  But the savviest hackers are hardcorre UNIX players, and therefore LINUX is no left alone.


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