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Re: [LUG] Security Thoughts


On 30/03/17 08:50, Neil via list wrote:
With all that is happening about surveillance and back doors in programs etcetera, recently I am getting more and more concerned about security.

I, my wife and daughter all use Linux. We are each the only user on our own machines. When we log on the password we use is also the one to use with sudo to become root. (We all use Xubuntu.) This has long seemed to me to be a weakness in our security.

So I am wondering, wouldn't it be safer to have a separate root password, different from the log on one? Then if someone, for whatever reason, gets to know our log on password, they would not also have our sudo password.

So, is that a good idea? Is is easy to do? Is it even possible? Any thoughts/comments from anyone on the list?

Just wondering,

If someone has your password and direct access to your PC it's pretty much game over as far as security is concerned.

Paul has already articulated my suggestions but you might want to add home directory encryption into the mix - that way your data is protected if your PC is taken but the password is not known.

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