So in the first part of this series we did some basics on our browser and discussed how to use a password manager. In this part we will go deeper into the concepts of protecting your desktop and how to think about security and privacy.
Why should I care?
Well for one this is becoming a very important topic and for the layman/woman it is not a easy task to wrap your head around this.
In recent years the eyes of many has been opened by a multitude of intrusions, attacks and disclosure of what was thought of as safe information. From my perspective little was real news, even if the methods and magnitude of the breaches were. One might assume that larger social websites would have a department full of people wearing tin-foil hats. This post is not about any particular story since there are many and they have been discussed by smarter people then me anyway.
So what is this post about?
That my dear reader is a very good question, mostly this will be a simple walk through of how I manage the security of my own desktop but also some pointers and resources that you should check out.
This post is not aimed to start any flame-war over this or that when it comes to a Operating System, well maybe a little. In any case this will be a discussion in philosophy rather then a simple statement like the title of the post. My primary argument is simplicity. Since users most often wants a new flashy function when it is available many systems strive to achieve and add that as quickly as they can code. A other argument is stability, since the more you change the more likely are you to get into trouble when using programs and functions not tested.
So where does CentOS fall within this one might wonder? Well since they are exactly one thing and that is a copy of RedHat minus the fancy boot-screen I can feel assured that they fulfill both of my demands. Keeping things simple is one of the most important things you can do, doing things with fancy GUI’s or CLI’s will only add another layer of abstraction for the administrator and a users should never be exposed to that part of the system unless the users is already familiar with that type of environment. In the end how well a OS works is dependent upon the Administrator, that is if you feel more comfortable in a TUI you should use it. Because why wander out from your comfort zone?
Now with that said what is it that makes CentOS better? Simple not lacking, clean not bloated and efficient not overcompensating. I think that is reason enough but hey what do I know? I like OpenBSD as well but it is hard to compete with 400MB of imprint…