I can honestly say I've never had a virus. Although I have been using Linux for the past 9 years ( Mandrake, Arch, Gentoo, FreeBSD ) and have them locked down tighter than Fort Knox. With little to no tools used that can cause privelage escalations. Anything in the system obviously needs root access, and any sensitive data ( stored over an offline private network for the HTPC's aswell as just being a random file server ) needs privelage escalation to even read, and root access ( from the host machine only ) to write.
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And as I use mostly everything CLI I keep a workspace dedicated to top/htop to monitor all my running programs/scripts, and there's never been anything running that I didn't know what it was.
Although I have fixed plenty of family members computesr with those nasty little fake antivirus type viruses. Until I switched most of them over to a Linux, since most of the time they just browse/IM. No problems since.
Originally Posted by chinesekiwi
Some protection is better than none.
Using a condom with a hole in it isn't going to do any good. Just saying.Edited by Shrak - 4/5/12 at 8:25pm