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Security for SUSE 10.2

While Linux may be safer than Windows, it's still important to use the best anti-spyware, anti-virus and firewall protection there is.

I use SUSE 10.2. What is the best free firewall to use for this? What is the best free anti-virus for this as well? And what is the best free anti-spyware? Last question, are these really needed with Linux? My friend says no. Better safe than sorry is my thinking. What do you say?

I presume you use SUSE 10.2 as a desktop. "Better safe than sorry" is an extremely underrated maxim. You do need a firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware for Linux. While the incidence of viruses and spyware on Linux are considerably smaller than on Windows-based platforms, they still can occur. Additionally, a properly configured firewall will help protect your host from attackers attempting to compromise it.

With SUSE 10.2 you have the added advantage that Novell bundles anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware and anti-spam packages with 10.2 - you can see the exact applications. I recommend you refer to the SUSE documentation to see how to enable and configure these applications.

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