• @Qvest@lemmy.world
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    5510 months ago

    No.

    By installing software only from trusted sources (default repositories from your distribution are the safest software you will ever install on linux)

      • @Qvest@lemmy.world
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        2110 months ago

        Yes. Opening PDFs might be safer on Linux, but general internet security and practice goes a long way, too. Using a content-blocker like uBlock Origin on Firefox can greatly reduce attack surface on both Linux and Windows as well

      • @NateNate60@lemmy.ml
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        1110 months ago

        You can try some free Linux antivirus software programs like ClamAV but realistically, as long as you mainly install software through your distro’s package management software or graphical app store, you’re probably fine.

        Although not all open-source software is safe, it’s a hundred times less likely to be malicious for the sole reason that it’s out in the open for someone to verify, and they’d get busted immediately if they tried something untoward.

    • Dizzy Devil Ducky
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      210 months ago

      For the average person like me, having something like an antivirus is better than not on Linux. Especially since I tend to download various things outside of the default repository (i.e. Ankama Launcher which I’ve only ever seen as a appimage).

      Though your advice is good, I couldn’t go through with it without wanting to rip my hair out.