Hi Piers and Colin,
On 19/12/19 9:49 am, Colin Fee via luv-beginners wrote:
On Thu, 19 Dec 2019 at 02:01, Peter Wolf via luv-beginners
<luv-beginners(a)luv.asn.au <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
I'm still having major problems with computer
Linux Mint 19 MATE.I believe that with default settings ,this
linux is unusable as it gets hacked in a few minutes by
Like Piers, your post has piqued my interest. What's your evidence
that a default installation of Linux Mint is inherently unsecured?
Based on your assertion I did some rudimentary searching this morning
and could not find any evidence to suggest that an out-of-the-box
installation of Linux Mint is any less secure than it's progenitors
Ubuntu and Debian, notwithstanding any changes that the distro admins
at Mint have made that could potentially weaken it. Obviously I making
the assumption that such an installation accepted default/suggested
options during the install process.
I can't comment on Firefox as on the whole I don't use it, but would
have thought that a recent/up to date version of FF would be
relatively secure unless deliberately weekend by user action.
So as Piers alludes to, what else is going on?
What evidence do you have that you've been hacked?
On 19/12/19 9:18 am, Piers Rowan via luv-beginners wrote:
On 19/12/19 1:01 am, Peter Wolf via luv-beginners wrote:
residential computers (which are probably mostly
hacked and used as
bots to hack other computers) and rented servers.
I've never used mint but your post draws me to this comment. Are you
saying that there are computers on your home/work network that you
suspect are hacked?
Very likely they are and have been.I have strong evidence of this such
as the following -
- computer slow during startup,shutdown and general operation compared
to just after a fresh install
,I can tell because the fastest computer I normally use is a dual core
and have found these run quicker than hacked
quad and 6 core computers for many /most applications when dual core not
- After visiting dodgy websites that create dozens of connections to
residential computers with Firefox,
software updates no longer work and a change of password stops linux
Mint from starting up at all.
A check shows almost every file has had its permissions changed.
- When apparently hacked ,some of my data (such as old important
looking photos) has mysteriously gone missing.
- Firefox stops working with many websites when apparently hacked and
slows down dramatically.
- excessive hard drive activity after I visit some websites,like a
search is going on.
- Once I found the "find" command running on one of my computers using
the command htop.It was taking a large chunk of CPU usage.I never
started the "find" command and it was running constantly.
Although I presume it could be connected to a router problem or perhaps
even bugs in the Linux Mint software.
If so then cleaning these first would also be wise.
I find it very strange that in a typical environment that hackers/bots
manage to jump your router's firewall so successfully that they
propagate to you so quickly. Perhaps the router is compromised and
that is the source of the hacks?
FF should be OK - are there plugins that you use that may contribute
to it? If you use a different browser do you have the same issue?
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