“I’m using Linux… I have nothing to worry about… No one can hack me… No virus can infect my machine… My machine is completely invulnerable!” That’s exactly how most of the Linux users and developers think. But, is it true? Is it completely safe?
Lets forget about Linux for a second… Earlier, Apple used to say Mac is completely safe from malware. They said no one can hurt Mac users. But ironically, a recent malware managed to infect thousands of Mac users. Because its invulnerable, many people didn’t install any anti-virus software. Apple had a hard time fixing the issue. It caught them completely off-guard! So, will it happen to Linux?
Take Android for example. There are malware targeting Android devices. Currently, everyone recommend you to install an Anti Virus app in your Android system… But, do you know Android is based on Linux? Android is a Linux-based distribution like Ubuntu and Fedora! So, what do you think about the security of Linux now?
We can say that Mac is not Linux and Android have most of the features of Linux stripped down in order to fit into small mobile devices. But still we should remember nothing is 100% perfect in this world.
Several months ago I can remember some one published a package full of malware code which can harm Linux. It went on Slashdot I think… You can hear news about websites being hacked or infected by malware. Remember, more than 90% of websites in the world are hosted in Linux servers!
I agree… Linux is safe… Not completely safe but safer than others. They think more about the security. Windows copied some Linux methods to secure their own system. But still, Linux have holes.
The reason why Linux desktops are not yet targeted by serious hackers is that it’s not that popular. Linux have a very small share on the desktop market. In the recent years Mac became very popular and it became a big target. But in other areas, (servers, smart phones, tablets, super computers, etc) Linux is the king. Currently, it’s getting a lot of popularity from around the world. So, one day, we’ll have to install an Anti Virus suit in our machines. That day is very close! So, get ready!