firewall set up

Asked by niraj on 2009-03-05

i have recently migrated to linux mint from windows xp. As far as computers are concerned i am not much technically sound. I noted that firewall was disabled in linux mint that i had just installed. i would be grateful if someone helps me out :
-i have installed linux mint on my laptop, which i use for routine purposes like surfing, shoping, bank accounts, billing music, movies etc
now is there a need to enable firewall that is pre installed in linux mint ?
if yes, then what am i suppose to do next.... ???? i mean in windows xp it was just clicking on the recommended settings...but here i cant figure it out...
-is there a need for any antivirus software, just like what i had in windows xp ?
(i am sure that linux is not only ment for computer experts, but people like us too !!!)
its a pleasure using linux mint...i hope and wish that more and more ordinary people(tech. illiterate) start using linux...
thanks
niraj

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Vadim Peretokin (vperetokin) said : #1

- now is there a need to enable firewall that is pre installed in linux mint?

The default settings are okay for you. Linux is secure by default, so a firewall is really only for some special cases. You're good to go, just remember to log out when you're done banking / shipping and don't click on suspicious links.

- is there a need for any antivirus software, just like what i had in windows xp ?

No, there isn't any - there are no viruses that are infecting any Linux computers en masse. Many reasons for this, but you're quite fine as it is.

Hope that helps!

niraj (niraj2709) said : #2

thanks a lot....