Hi Archie! No, not ticked off
nor even paranoid
... although a healthy level of paranoia is to be welcomed
I guess this has been bubbling with me for quite a while.
I am fed up with the responses people get from long term Linux users about how the OS itself must be protected and ways to ensure any danger to IT is minimised, while at the same time ignoring for the most part, the fact that the only real valuable data on the user's PC is accessible from the user account and it is from there the real
If my PC is connected to the internet, but my single user account does not use any application to go on line for any reason, then there is a miniscule danger to my data ..... or indeed to the OS itself.
This is, no doubt, because the Linux OS is designed for security. Yes there will be breakages, but hopefully they get fixed with updates.
This means I am very happy that my OS is as secure as is reasonable, while still allowing functionality.
Now add a user account with GUI on top of that, and what have we for the DE?
Mostly, it seems to me, the security of the DE gets ignored, with the usual responses of the OS is OK, make back-ups of your data 'just in case' and so on.
I want to see that change.
I want users to be made aware that although the OS is pretty well secured, their data security is dependent on their DE, user's actions and practices etc etc.
That message is not being promoted as *I* think it should.
There is not much point in having the most secure OS, (even impregnable,) if my user data is at risk through lack of knowledge, education and bad practice on my part.
It is my belief that we have a responsibility to users to inform them of the possibilities (maybe probabilities in the future) of malware due to their current practices, and at the same time
, offer some possible solutions.
For certain they do not have to apply those suggestions, but they cannot come back later and say they were not informed.
At this point in time, I have only vague ideas of the malware possibilities (present and future) and possible solutions.
I want to be informed so that I can make decisions on the risks I am prepared to take.
To me that is what this is about ..... information to allow informed decisions to be taken by the user.
Categorising this as paranoia and fear is doing everyone a disservice.
This, IMHO, is a subject that needs to be brought out into the open; let the light shine on it, so that opinions can be expressed, information provided and users can learn and maybe employ more secure habits.
So no, I am not being paranoid or fearful.
I am highlighting a lack of information and advise which is endangering user data, by giving a misleading impression that because the OS is very secure the user data is covered by that security. Yes there is an overlap, but hopefully the reader gets my point.