[ubuntu-uk] linux & viruses

David King linuxman at avoura.com
Thu Oct 22 09:13:43 BST 2009

I think you meant "users tend to be logged in as a normal user instead 
of root, so it's much harder..."

Otherwise, being logged in as root all the time does give access to 
system files, which Linux is good at protecting by not having a user 
logged in as root, compared to Windows, where a user is encouraged (at 
least in the past, not sure about Windows 7) to be an Administrator so 
that they can run all the software, as they do not know how to get some 
software running as a non-Adminstrator user (e.g. file defragmentation, 
some games).

David King

Tony Arnold wrote:
> The other is that users
> tend to be logged in as root all the time, so it's much harder to
> compromise system files, although some argue the users' data is still
> vulnerable which is much more valuable than the system stuff.

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