Re: Anti Virus Software
M. Kirchhoff wrote:
Regarding virus protection under GNU/Linux in general, how essential is it? I'm
a recent convert from the Microsoft world, where virus protection is essential.
I've also heard reports that virus protection under GNU/Linux isn't as
necessary, as the typical user has restricted privileges, as well as the fact
that most viruses seem to target Microsoft systems. Any thoughts on this?
My opinion only -- if you're not running any services for Windows
clients (email, ftp, file sharing, etc), anti-virus apps just suck up
resources on your Linux box. Perhaps someday viruses on the Linux
platform might be more prevalent, but even then, they're not going to
have the same impact that they do on Windows. Until that someday, I
wouldn't bother, unless, like I indicate, you're serving/storing files
for Windows clients, which might be infected and passed/stored through
your Linux box.