Does Linux Need Antivirus? Or Not..


The question "Does Linux Need Antivirus", yes it does because you communicate with Windows based computers on a daily basis.

To explain this further, if your Linux distros security has been hardened, ports you don't use closed and you are logged in as a normal user, not "superuser" as in "root".

Not installing software from unsecure sources, running software in a container, you will not need an Antivirus for your own system.

However, since you are likely to communicate with Windows users, via email or even chat, where you can transfer images or files.

I strongly recommend that you install an antivirus software on your Linux distribution.

I recommend Sophos Antivirus, because it covers viruses for both Linux and Windows, alternatively Avasts Home Edition Antivirus for Linux.

The mentioned antivirus solutions are free for personal use, Sophos has a ban on some countries, in both cases you need to register in order to be able to use their software.

Now "Does Linux Need Antivirus".

I am going with Yes, despite the fact that Linux is designed to be difficult for viruses, root kits and other malware to be installed without the user doing something stupid, like being "root" all the time.

Servers are more vulnerable, because a server uses software like Apache webserver, MariaDB or mySQL, PHP and others combined.

Using Linux as a desktop operating system is much safer than Windows, plus you will notice how much faster your computer gets and how your web browsing suddenly becomes much faster.


Games For Linux

Windows has always been the preferred platform for gaming, but after STEAM's interest in Linux more game developers are making their games natively available for Linux.


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