Reasons To Ditch Windows For Linux

Linux, sometimes referred to by the press as ‘Windows NT’s worst enemy’. Wired Magazine once called it ‘The greatest story never told’. This is a perfect definition because the story behind Linux is indeed a great one, yet it is unknown to so many people.
Let’s start at the beginning.

Back when ‘Stayin’ Alive’ was still topping the charts, and Microsoft was a spec in the world of computers, AT&T produced a multi-user operating system and labeled it ‘UNIX’. Throughout the years, UNIX caught on and many different versions of it began to come out. A popular one, called ‘Minix’ (mini-UNIX) was available for use at The University of Helsinki in Finland. A student at the University named Linus Torvalds believed he could create an operating system superior to Minix. In 1991 he started his new operating system as a side project, but it soon developed into a full-time hobby until 1994 when the first official version of the operating system was released.

Linux is Easier than Windows – Even your grandma should use it!

You’re probably now saying ‘so what’s the big deal about Linux? Isn’t it just another operating system?’ Absolutely not! First of all, Linux is released under something called ‘open source license’. Open source is really more of an idea than a thing. Linux is released with all the source code and files that it was made with. This means a few things. Anyone who is good at programming can mess with the Linux code and release his own version of it. This also means that even though if you buy Linux in a store it will cost money, you’re not paying for the actual Linux itself. Your money goes to the price of packaging, the extra software that comes with the operating system, and technical support. The second, and most important reason that Linux is a big deal is because it’s a much more stable operating system than Windows. It runs on any system; even bottom of the line 386’s from before Linux even came out. Programs running under Linux almost never crash, and in the off chance that one does because of bad programming by the program author, it will not take the operating system down with it. Another important reason Linux is good is that it is secure. It is much harder to bring down by a hacker than Windows is. This is just an extremely short list of the reasons why Linux is so great. For further reading check out.

Today Linux can stand toe-to-toe with the best that Microsoft has to offer and there are at least five reasons to make the switch. In addition to the five below, Linux runs on fewer machines and therefore ends up with fewer viruses and malware as compared to Windows.

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Essential Information Security Tools

Software companies reap the most benefits from the rise of automated ethical hacking tools and penetration testing utilities, giving them more ways to increase system security every day.

Automated tools are changing the way hacking is evolving, making ethical penetration testing easier, faster and more reliable than ever. Penetration testing and reporting activities now play a crucial role in the process of identifying security flaws in remote or local software enabling company owners to quickly prevent vulnerabilities from running wild all over the Internet.

Most infosec forensics investigators walk a fine line. They must adhere to specific institutional processes, which, in many cases, are state and federal requirements. But they must also use a certain amount of pragmatism since no two investigations are exactly alike.

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Detect malicious traffic with MalTrail in Linux

Maltrail is a malicious traffic detection system, utilizing publicly available (black)lists containing malicious and/or generally suspicious trails, along with static trails compiled from various AV reports and custom user defined lists, where trail can be anything from domain name, URL, IP address or HTTP User-Agent header value (e.g. sqlmap for automatic SQL injection and database takeover tool). Also, it uses (optional) advanced heuristic mechanisms that can help in discovery of unknown threats (e.g. new malware).
Features

  • Uses multiple public blacklists (alientvault, autoshun, badips, sblam etc)
  • Has extensive static trails for identification (domain names, URLs, IPaddresses or User-Agent values)
  • Optional heuristic mechanisms for detection of unknown threats
  • Based on Traffic -> Sensor <-> Server <-> Client Architecture
  • Web reporting interface

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Build a virtual machine with VirtualBox in Linux

Virtualization is almost as old as our beloved integrated silicon chips.
At the beginning of the 1960s, there had been two major computing issues.
First, many individual mainframe models were bespoke, so incompatible.
The other stumbling block was that as integrated processors became more powerful, institutions wanted to implement flexible “timesharing” between multiple users.

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IBM dismissed this multi-user batch processing was definitely the future! But in 1963, it lost a large MIT contract to General Electric. Realising its huge mistake, IBM developed the general purpose S/360 architecture, which could be implemented on a wide range of compatible systems. In 1965, IBM released the S/360-76, the world’s first mainframe to support virtualisation. And the rest is very much history.

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Facebook gathers data for data mining operations used by data brokers

When it comes to mass spying, the best game in town is not CIA or any of the alphabet soup agencies. Private companies and data brokers have been doing data collection on a massive scale, and given their advanced statistical methods, this information can say a lot about a person. In fact, I’d say that what they have is better than what the alphabet soup has, and their data has a lot of implications.

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This started when companies like Amazon realized that they can make a profit every step of the way: sell items to customers, sell customers’ data to data brokers. Data brokering has since become much bigger, and so the data collection methods have also become much more extensive. There are many ways to gather mass data, and these are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head: first, many websites straight up sell their data to brokers. This includes many online vendors, all kinds of popular sites (not all of them, but some of them), adult entertainment sites, you name it. If those sites do not sell data, dishonest brokers can and do embed tracking ads on sites that accept them, revealing a user’s entire browsing history. Then of course there are companies like Google, that sell user search histories.

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How to protect your privacy by blocking all annoying Spotify ads & analytics in Linux, OSX and Windows with hosts file.

Today I will show you how to easily block the servers hosting Spotify ads on your Linux/Mac or Windows machine with a hosts file. This will allow you to listen all day long on a free account without hearing a single ad + to protect yourself from Spotify selling your private data to highest bidder. This trick is very simple, legal and works great. Spotify may catch on and find some way to stop this from working but, as of today (23 August 2019) it works swimmingly.


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Blocking Ad Server

In order to remove those pesky ads, all we need to do is setup out hosts file to override the DNS for Spotify’s ad servers and redirect that traffic to our local machine. When the traffic hits out local machine the call will fail and the ad will be skipped. Follow the steps below to add the entries needed.

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Make your AdBlock invisible to most sites that require you to disable AdBlock.

The Anti-Adblock Killer Script has not been updated for quite a while now. Most sites can sniff it.
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Fortunately, there are a few alternatives. I have been using the uBlock Protector Extension (Chrome only) for the past month and it works flawlessly. It is also updated frequently.

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Stop & uninstall Windows Telemetry/Tracking

This has been going around on the ‘Net the past few days. It has been found that Windows 10 uploads data to its servers even when every “feature” and app that normally might be expected to do that is disabled/uninstalled. For example, even if you don’t use the Cortana voice-command feature or Bing search, stuff is still being uploaded to Microsoft servers related to this. And even when users choose to not participate in any sort of customer improvement options and disable any kind of tracking, it is still tracking and uploading things.
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Not only is this a big privacy issue, there is also a system performance issue, as extra CPU cycles must be run and disk and network activity must occur to process these telemetry-related tasks.
And it is also the case that Windows 8.1 and 7 also are now doing this. Microsoft has been adding all these telemetry and tracking aspects to them lately through Windows Update, making them closer to Windows 10.
The advice from many experts now is to not go near Windows 10. Do not install it. Retain your privacy and control over your systems.
Below are instructions for disabling the unwanted telemetry/tracking in Windows 7 and 8.1

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Do I need An antivirus in linux?

Afraid to answer a bit background knowledge is necessary first.
Viruses hardly exists any more. Programs that infect other executables, overwrite parts of them and/or add new code to them is not how malware spreads nowadays in most cases. In windows that distinction is not really necessary, windows users use the term “virus” to describe every form of malware (and user error, sorry, couldn’t resist 😉 ). But in Linux that distinction is important as virus scanners in Linux do exactly what the name says…they scan for viruses. They don’t protect you against attacks from websites in any form. And on top of that they hardly even scan for Linux viruses…there are only very few proof-of-concept Linux viruses at all. And due to people never installing anything themselves but always packages provided by the distro through the package manager there is almost no attack surface for traditional viruses…no spreading of .exe saying they are the most fancy screensaver or similar. So the Linux virus scanners actually mostly scan for windows viruses, for example in a mail server scanning email attachments before delivering the mails.

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