Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I agree that Linux is less vulnerable than Windows, but that doesn’t make it immune to attackers. It’s not always about security flaws, buffer overflows or denial of service attacks. Most intruders exploit incorrect system configurations or access permissions which are often caused by user ignorance.
I came up with a list of 10 basic rules that should reduce the security risk.
1. Download the ISO for your preferred distro from trusted sources. It’s recommended to visit the official web page and select a download method from there. If you are downloading from unofficial torrent sites for higher speed rates, make sure they’re using the same tracker. Upon downloading always check the SHA1/MD5 sum.
2. Don’t perform a full install. Select only packages that you need, why waste the disk space? Fewer packages means less bugs.