Security Concerns when Dual Booting: w/Windows but w/o AV suite

Discussion in 'General Linux' started by hiwayman, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. hiwayman

    hiwayman New Member

    Jul 19, 2014
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    Hi All!
    I've finally been having good luck getting Ubuntu LTS installed on a couple older laptops, like an Acer (64-bit AMD w7) and a Tosh (32-bit Vista); the problems with wifi & printers just vanished! Great Live DVD!

    My goal is to finally end my dependency on Windows software, but unfortunately I have a couple pricey programs (for screenwritering & flatbed OCR) that aren't available in a Linux version. You've heard it all before, I'm sure.

    My plan is to use Linux whenever online, (so I can ditch the also-pricey annual multi-machine subscription to Norton) and only use any Windows software when offline.

    My QUESTION is after thinking about this a while, I started to wonder how secure this would be, as I don't fully understand all the ways malware makes it's way into a machine.

    After all, both OSs & their apps are now residing on the same C: drive that used to hold only windows. A renamed partitioning seems kinda fragile protection to me... or am I just being paranoid?

    Could wiser heads advise me on whether it would be good to somehow adjust the Linux firewall or whatever would cover an inactive C: drive when online?
  2. arochester

    arochester Super Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 23, 2012
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    You use EITHER Linux OR Windows. You don't use Linux AND Windows together. You will be alright going online with Linux - it cannot infect the Windows side.

    There is some thought that if you install Wine in Linux to support some Windows apps, it may also support some Windows Malware - in Linux. For the paranoid, don't install Wine...
    ryanvade likes this.

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