Linux OS Finally Hit With Malware

Linux OS Finally Hit With Malware

Most IT savvy individuals swear by the various Linux Operating Systems distros due to the open source nature of Linux OS. That is just one of the reasons. Another key reason is the relatively lesser malware threats encountered by Linux OS users. In fact, a good number of avid Linux users will swear to have never used anti-malware programs. Unfortunately, the façade of Linux being malware proof is being eroded rather fast.  Here is a look at the malware affecting Linux

The Underlying Cause of Increase in Infections

Linux OS has been gaining traction as the operating system of choice in various devices such as routers, security cameras, and even smart TVs and set top boxes. This is credited as being one of the major reasons for the growth in malware tailored for Linux OS. Indeed major information security companies attest to this fact. For instance, AV-Test, an information security trend reviews company, notes that the number of Linux attacks doubled from 2015 to 2016. It goes on to caution, that with the expected increase of Linux OS to power Internet of Things (IoT) devices, consumers should be ready to face more attacks.

Notable malware

You are not likely to have encountered a large host of Linux OS malware because the distribution of such malware is slower as compared to other operating systems. Nonetheless, there are some malware that are worth putting a finger on. The Tsunami backdoor malware is one such program. This program affects devices by providing a stealth entry point to the devices they infect. The malware then links the devices to a long list of botnets. Other malware include Mirai, EnergyMech and the recently discovered Linux/IRCBotnet. It is worth mentioning that unlike Windows OS, Linux is yet to face a major ransomware scare such as those caused by Wannacry and Petya malware. However, that should not make you smile. If anything, it should make you caution yourself even further.

Protecting your Linux OS device against attack

Protection against malware infections always employ a standard line across the board. Among the most efficient means of attack control include

• Use of anti-virus software: Just like Windows and Mac OS, Linux too has a good number of reliable antivirus software. You are less likely to find the same big names that you are used in Windows and Mac, but you will still find some dependable programs.
• Updating your OS and programs: From time to time, your operating system and the programs within it will require an update. Updates not only gives you the chance to enjoy new features but also patch up bugs that would have been used by malware. Therefore, never assume that you are safe. Patch up and protect yourself.
• Updating your device’s firmware: As mentioned before Linux is making its mark as the IoT choicest OS. As such you are likely to have routers, televisions, servers and home maintenance devices that rely on Linux. Always check up with the devices’ manufacturer for firmware updates because most of these devices are also becoming malware targets.
• General care: After all is said and done you are still connected to the internet and will most likely need to read news, download media file and software from the internet. It is important to check on the sites you visit. This is might be a hard thing to do intuitively. Nevertheless, you can employ the use of browser plugins that check for website safety and stop malware injection into your computer. the underlining phrase is, ‘maintain your safety.’

Why Choose Linux Over Windows

Why Choose Linux Over Windows

Some people believe that if you are an unhappy user of the windows operating system, the only other alternative is to get a Mac. There is, however, another viable option. While most people tend to overlook Linux and do not give it much attention, this operating system actually comes with a plethora of advantages. With its many superior features, there is no doubt that Linux offers an equal or even superior alternative to Windows.

The following are compelling reasons why Linux is better than Windows:

Linux is free

Although Microsoft used to offer a free upgrade a while back, it has now run out meaning you have to pay a hefty and sometimes recurring fee to upgrade to the latest version of Windows. On the other hand, Linux is completely free to obtain. Besides, Microsoft licenses can only be installed on a single computer, whereas Linux distribution can be installed on an unlimited number of computers free of charge, Switching to Linux means you can save at least hundred bucks.

More secure

Windows OS is highly vulnerable to virus and malware attacks. Therefore, when you install Windows OS, you will need to purchase an Antivirus program in order to protect your computer from possible threats. Although there is no single OS that can claim to be completely risk-free, the fact remains that Linux is naturally more secure than windows. This means switching to Linux allows you to save money as you wont have to buy virus protection software.

Ease of use

Some people still have the false notion that Linux is meant for computer and command line experts. Unlike in the old days when it used to be complicated operating system, Linux is extremely easy to use these days. Today, the Linux OS runs out of the box, has GUI tools and has all the functionality that you look for in windows.

Reliability

Windows is just not as reliable as Linux. Many times, Windows will encounter crashes and slowdowns prompting you to keep on re-installing the OS frequently. However, with Linux you are assured to experience a faster and smoother system for a longer period of time.

Better updating process

Windows will require you to perform software update in order to fix even minor issues. Things are different with Linux. The OS pushes a larger number of software updates to fix problems . Besides, it has much faster software updates. And, the best part? No reboot required to install updates.

Compatibility

Linux is compatible with lower end hardware. On the contrary, running a windows operating system on the minimum configuration can give you untold headache . Linux does not require a heavyweight computer system.  Even with its modern desktop environment, Linux runs faster than Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

So there you have it. The above-mentioned are some of the top advantages of Linux. Time to get out there and experiment a robust operating system like Linux.