Are you safe when running Linux?

In today's open source roundup: Is desktop Linux safer than other operating systems? Plus: DRM comes to Firefox, and tweak tools for Linux

Security and privacy have become two very important issues for any desktop computer user. While Linux has had a better reputation for security than Windows, it's also clear that no operating system is perfect when it comes to keeping you safe. Datamation examines the threats to desktop Linux and how you can obviate them.

According to Datamation:

As we've learned during the well documented Heartbleed incident, nothing that executes code is ever going to be 100% secure. Claiming otherwise is misleading and inherently false. To the casual end user, the only difference with regard to security is that installable malware isn't an issue. Phishing, hacking exploits, and issues of a compromised network are still things to remain vigilant about.

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I'm inclined to agree with the sentiments of the article. Common sense safety precautions and a refusal to become complacent can go a long way toward avoiding security problems in Linux or any other operating system.

The Datamation article has some useful tips at the end on how to secure your Linux desktop, and you might also want to check out Tech Radar's article on how to secure your Linux system.

Mozilla and Linux Netflix support

The Inquirer notes that Mozilla will begin supporting DRM restrictions in Firefox soon.

According to The Inquirer:

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER MOZILLA has announced the implementation of proprietary HTML5 based digital restrictions management (DRM) in its Firefox web browser, such as that used by media streaming services.

Linux users will have mixed feelings as, while it goes against the openness of open source software, it marks the first time that DRM encumbered services such as Netflix will be natively available in the Firefox web browser.

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While the tone of the Inquirer article is rather negative about DRM in HTML5, others disagree. Ars Technica actually had an article that argued that DRM in HTML5 is a positive thing. Whatever your take on the issue, this is an interesting move by Mozilla that is bound to cause controversy among some users.

Tweak tools for Linux

PC world looks at tweak tools that can help customize your desktop Linux experience.

According to PC World:

Where Windows has utilities, Linux has tweak tools. And whether you’re a Linux pro or a recent refugee from Windows XP, they can help you make Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” (the latest and greatest offering from Linux distro pioneer Canonical) really start to feel like home.

Customizability has long been one of Linux’s most compelling features—particularly when compared with proprietary alternatives such as Windows and OS X—but the tweak tools out there today let you refine the OS even further. And if you’re making the migration to Linux on your workplace PCs, tweak tools can help ease the transition.

Here’s how to make them work for you.

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