7 Incredible Tips to Boost Your Linux Privacy

By Haseeb Awan

There's a myth. Just because you are using Linux doesn't mean you are not getting any viruses or malware.

In reality, when combined with the people who use them, all operating systems present a plethora of security threats and vulnerabilities that can be exploited.

Believing in Linux magic is a hoax, but yes, you can be super protective with the Linux privacy tips we are here to give you.

Enjoy the read…

How to Boost Linux Privacy?

Password Protection

Make sure you select a solid and lengthy password, even though this should be required. This should be a mandatory step during the installation process. Make sure you have rigorous password policies because all it takes is one susceptible machine on your network to bring the world to an end. Your Linux privacy is all in your hands.

Boost Linux Privacy with a VPN

Right present, there are a plethora of VPN services to choose from. Many of them come with Linux clients pre-installed. Your internet traffic will be cloaked and encrypted using a VPN. Anyone attempting to intercept your traffic will see all of your online activity as jumbled. Furthermore, specific VPNs can spoof or modify your IP address. We highly suggest building your own VPN, and if needed, you can let us know if you want a blog on building a VPN on Linux.

Data Encryption and Linux Privacy

Encrypting your data is an essential step in maximizing your Linux privacy. Full disc encryption is excellent, but if you're working on a shared machine, you can also encrypt simply your home directory. This is usually done during the installation process and is tough to do later. In that case, the most straightforward remedy is to back up your data and reinstall the OS with selected encryption options.

Remove Unnecessary Applications

A lightweight OS is all you need for speed, usage, and privacy. Only keeping the apps that are really necessary will ensure optimal efficiency. It also lowers the chances of a poorly developed application acting as a vulnerability portal.

After identifying such apps, you can use BleachBit to do deep cleaning. It can quickly delete cookies, free your cache, and obliterate temporary files.

[Please note that this is just for educational purposes. We do not endorse any third-party applications/solutions. Therefore, we are not liable].

Disable Unnecessary Daemons

You might have selected a few services at the installation time that you won't use. External ports may be used by these daemons. You can easily switch off these services if you don't need them. This will preserve your privacy while also potentially optimizing your boot times!

Remote Connection Settings for your Linux Privacy

You may take a few easy actions to lessen the danger of an attack and increase your Linux privacy if you utilize SSH for remote access. The simplest solution is to use a port other than the default 22. (and below 1024). PermitRootLogin no in the SSH config file can also block remote root login.

Firewall

Your operating system may already have a built-in firewall, most likely iptables. Firewalls can be challenging to configure using the command line, but a GUI frontend, such as Gufw, will likely be available for easier control.

Conclusion

Privacy is intimidating, especially during a pandemic-led cyber crisis. Cybersecurity protocols are integral to have now. We want the best protection for you and your PII. Take care and deploy an Efani carrier to protect yourself against sim swapping (at minimum)!

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