fire wall & anti-virus? do i really need it

Felipe Alfaro Solana felipe.alfaro at
Fri Sep 8 22:05:25 UTC 2006

> > im just wondering if i really need to run a fire wall & anti-virus?
> I never run a anti-virus tool since I switched to linux about 10 years ago.

I don't run an antivirus tool for several reasons:

1. It makes the system slow to a crawl.
2. I usually take great care of what things do I download, where do I
download the from and what do I install.
3. Linux makes difficult for viruses and worms to affect the system.

However, I recommend running a firewall, and satying up-to-date with
security patches.

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