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Linux is more secure than Windows by design, so many of the security and upkeep chores that blight Windows usage are not necessary.
Tasks that are required are often simpler to perform, reducing the housekeeping element of running a PC to little more than a couple of clicks. There are still some issues a Linux user will need to pay regular attention to, however.
In this article we will explain which security techniques are needed in Linux, focusing in particular on the popular Ubuntu version.
The debate about whether Linux needs anti-virus protection will probably never end. The way Linux is designed makes it difficult for viruses to work the way they do in a Windows environment.
But it’s not impossible for someone to find a way to attack Linux. Another consideration is that while a virus in an email might not affect a Linux computer, the email and its associated virus might wreak havoc if it found its way via your computer to a friend using Windows.