[SATLUG] internet privacy and linux

Jeremy Mann jeremy at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Wed Mar 3 20:26:34 CST 2004

Nick Duffy said:
> 	Wow I am just full of questions today, is Spyware an issue for linux, I

The answer is no. Mainly because the user can't install the necessary
software without root permissions. Secondly, Linux just doesn't have the
90-95% market share that Winblows has.

> have
> heard that it isnt because there just isnt anything in linux to support
> spyware, also what about people getting info off your pc. I have seen even
> w/
> a firewall engaged your pc still gives out certain info about you and your
> pc. been to a couple of those sites that check your privacy and find out
> that
> some firewalls just arent that well made. I found one that even put the
> last
> 2 websites i visited just before it. Just curious

If you're paranoid, you can block cookies with Mozilla or Firebird.
Without cookies, that URL you goto doesn't know you from Bob Smith.

Jeremy Mann
jeremy at biochem.uthscsa.edu

University of Texas Health Science Center
Bioinformatics Core Facility
Phone: (210) 567-2672

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