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After Mac®, its turn to run antivirus on Ubuntu®

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Do you find it silly to run an antivirus solution on your Linux-based desktop or laptop? The myth that Macs cannot be infected with malware and other threats has already been busted. Linux-based systems could be the next target of spammers. There are many compelling reasons that one should consider to enhance the security of their Ubuntu platform:

  1. A simple line of Linux code could act as a potential security threat if used wrongly. While such dangerous codes have not yet been bundled into an executable file, one should not leave anything to chances.
  2. In today’s economic scenario, small companies or entrepreneurs are generally considering an option of going for the free licensing of Ubuntu platform rather than spending their funds in purchasing the license of Windows OS and its necessary protection. Such companies cannot afford to have a separate IT department to handle all their computer security worries. So, going for prevention is better than curing it.
  3. All computers are not Macs or Linux based. We have to interact with Windows-based systems like sending and receiving files (file sharing), and running an antivirus program on your Linux makes sense. To quote a line from an article written by Matt Hartley on Datamation website, “Just because Windows malware isn’t going to affect your Linux workstation doesn’t mean that you can’t accidentally share something that might harm someone else.”

Available Antivirus Programs for Ubuntu
avast! Antivirus
You can install avast! using GDebi tool without any issues. This antivirus program is known to provide a strong protection against malware and rootkits.

Bitdefender is offered as a trialware version. This enterprise tool is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux distributions. Some of its features include scheduled software and definition updates, desktop integration, and archive and mailbox scanning.

According to the website of ClamAV, it is, “an open source (GPL) antivirus engine designed for detecting Trojans, viruses, malware and other malicious threats. It is the de facto standard for mail gateway scanning.” This program is claimed to offer a reliable antivirus solution.

Other security measures for Ubuntu users
1) Your Ubuntu workstation should have a firewall protection. According to Matt, “Using Ubuntu’s firewall tool, known as ‘uncomplicated firewall’ or UFW, the GUFW application adds a nice user interface to UFW for newbies. Adding or removing ports for specific applications is brain-dead easy with this software. Even better, you can go to advanced mode and handle specific ports over varied protocols.”

2) Keep your Ubuntu workstation updated with the latest security updates.

3) Encrypting your sensitive data offers you privacy from prying eyes. You can setup encfs and GnuPG for e-mail encryption.

4) Be cautious when you browse on a shared Wi-Fi connection in public places as there are software programs that can snoop into your system and can check your login credentials.

5) When you share files over a network, it is recommended to share folders over OpenSSH. You can also use RSA key.

The security of our PC is in our hands only. We hope that the above article has provided you with some relevant information. Do let us know your inputs on the same.

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