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Linux the Unhackable? That All Depends ...

Linux has an enviable reputation as a secure platform for servers. But Linux the Unhackable?

Certain myths persist about the inherent resistance of Linux to viruses and the superfluity of firewalls.

However, the only basis for truth (and fast fading at that) is statistical. Linux as a minority platform attracted less hacker interest, who made fewer viruses to attack it.

As Linux’s popularity has grown, so has the number of viruses, not to mention the need for additional firewalls.

Linux is no more unhackable than other operating systems. You can however reduce its hackability with some simple precautions that unsurprisingly look like steps you would take for other systems.