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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:10 pm 
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I was hoping someone can inform me how to ensure privacy and security on my Linux system. I am particularly interested in removing cache, history, temp files, etc. I am also interested in locking down my computer in the most secure manner as possible. Thanks for your time.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:33 pm 
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Maybe use a virtual OS. How powerful is your rig? VirtualBox with a Linux distribution set to deep freeze will do the trick and be the most-secure way to go. You pretty much boot into a clean OS every time, and it'll delete anything new that's made.


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 Post subject: Re: Linux privacy and security
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:59 pm 
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joetechno wrote:
I was hoping someone can inform me how to ensure privacy and security on my Linux system. I am particularly interested in removing cache, history, temp files, etc.


Most of this can be controlled in the browser. Admittedly, I'm not certain there's a linux equivalent to these privacy programs you see in the windows world. Is there a specific concern you're looking to address?

joetechno wrote:
I am also interested in locking down my computer in the most secure manner as possible. Thanks for your time.


You're not setup with admin (or root in this world) access out the box, so you're pretty locked down on setup. Again, is there something specific you're concerned with?


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Since I am in college I do not want my room mates or their visitors to know what I am doing on my computer. I could possibly password protect it (I don't know how on linux) but I would also like to learn more about my O.S. I am using Ubuntu Ultimate 2.0.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:59 pm 
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The user account setup is similar to what you're used to in windows.

I believe in Ubuntu, you can un-select the auto-login function when initially setting up a user account, In any case, you can always change that after the fact also

Have you already installed Ubuntu?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:39 pm 
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Does Ubuntu Ultimate have auto-login? Plain old 8.10 doesn't.

If you're super paranoid you could just install a dummy-Ubuntu on your PC, and then put your real OS on an ESATA drive that you put in your floor safe that you installed under your dorm-bunk.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:28 pm 
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nmanguy wrote:
Does Ubuntu Ultimate have auto-login? Plain old 8.10 doesn't.


This should be under Administration -> Login Window -> Security

This should be inherent with most distros running gnome.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:39 am 
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furball146 wrote:
nmanguy wrote:
Does Ubuntu Ultimate have auto-login? Plain old 8.10 doesn't.


This should be under Administration -> Login Window -> Security

This should be inherent with most distros running gnome.


True. 8.10 most definitely had it as well.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:52 am 
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Well, I meant by default, because that's a big security issue if it's activated by default on UU 2.0.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:57 am 
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I don't remember any of the Ubuntu releases having this enabled by default.

I haven't installed it in a while, but I still think this is something you can enable or not during the user account portion of setup.


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