We all have the common idea that Linux is by far most secure OS out there and we don’t need to install any third-party application or antivirus to protect our systems from malware attacks. The reason to believe this is because of the active Linux community that is always fixing the bugs and issues that the users are facing. Another reason is that Linux does not allow the software to run as the administrator aka root. It is up to the user whether he or she wants the program to run as administrator or not. So, the system gets protected by the hidden trojans and worms. Being the open source, developers are always contributing to making the OS more secure and helping the community on regular basis. They are always running the tests to look out for vulnerabilities and patch them before it affects any user. Licensed OS sometime takes a while to reply and whenever there is a cyber-attack you don’t want to be relying on them to assist you.
Yes, the Linux is somewhat safe, but you can never rule out a cyber attack even if you are using the Linux. If you dive a little deeper in the coding world, you will some malicious codes that are specifically made for the Linux OS. Let’s say that Linux security won’t allow the inactive trojans to harm the system, but you can be the carrier of the infected file. Now if you transfer the data to your electronic device or with your friend that might not be using the Linux, then you might have exposed them to the malware and trojans that you were carrying. These malware can also be transmitted to the cloud and from there it gets transmitted from one cloud to another. So, the internet germs never get installed on the host system but get carried to the other systems with less security and infect those systems.
So, to be 100% make sure to check for infected files on Linux as well. There are a few simple steps that can make sure your system is virus free. Always make sure the Linux OS is completely up to date. These updates have all the necessary tweaks to defend you against cyber threats. Emails can also be the carriers of harmful files so always make sure to run the check via Gmail for any spam or malicious file. Furthermore, make sure your system is backed by a firewall to increase security. It is better to be safe than sorry, So, install the lightweight Clam antivirus for the respective distribution’s repositories. Run the scans occasionally to make sure your system has not picked up any harmful file or trojan that can ultimately invade your private folders and harm the system.