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Internet Security version for Linux?
« on: August 10, 2012, 04:35:46 PM »
Yes, I love that Avast! is free for Linux home users. However, I want the anti-spam and real-time scanning features that are available in the Internet Security version, and I'm willing to pay for it. I do share files with non-Linux users and would like to know they are not infected before I send them - and I don't want to have to run a manual scan every time. When i look at the information for Internet Security, it does not include Linux in its list of operating systems. Is there a way to get the Internet Security version for Linux?

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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012, 07:11:16 PM »
Right now (and since last 10 years), the paid version is only available for Windows.
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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2012, 12:20:41 PM »
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"... I do share files with non-Linux users"
Only way I can see is if you have a Version of Windows running on a machine, and do your 'Sharing' from it. ;)
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"...and I don't want to have to run a manual scan every time."
Sorry davidwcooney, not trying to give you a bad time.
Say you started a Linux scan as you go to bed, or a time when you're not sharing.

Essentially you have to scan sometime anyway; as you:
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love that Avast! is free for Linux home users

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« Last Edit: August 11, 2012, 12:27:32 PM by Abraxas »

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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2012, 10:15:10 PM »
I see from Tech that the option is simply not there. Abraxis, I am specifically referring to sending and receiving files, not setting up active file shares. I would like Avast! to do spam filtering on my Thunderbird client and virus scanning on attachments and file downloads. I'm willing to pay for these features on Linux, but I guess my only option is to manually scan files and manually sift through spam with the free version.

Thanks!

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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2012, 11:21:42 PM »
I see from Tech that the option is simply not there. Abraxis, I am specifically referring to sending and receiving files, not setting up active file shares. I would like Avast! to do spam filtering on my Thunderbird client and virus scanning on attachments and file downloads. I'm willing to pay for these features on Linux, but I guess my only option is to manually scan files and manually sift through spam with the free version.

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Well, avast, even the Windows version, just scan ongoing messages against viruses and malware and will not block spams from the owner itself. Am I understanding you correctly?
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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2012, 02:50:11 PM »
I don't think that what you are looking for exists (at least not in any single product). Here a few things that you might consider if you feel you need real time on-access protection under Linux.

ESET NOD32 do a real time virus/malware scanner for linux I think (http://www.eset.com/us/home/products/nod32-for-linux/). I've no idea if it's any good.

Bitdefender Trafficlight add-on works on Firefox under Linux to scan websites you visit I believe. Noscript also gives good Firefox browser security.

There is a Firefox add-on that will use ClamAV to automatically scan downloads (Fireclam).

I think if you do some searching you can also find a way to use ClamAV to scan all mail messages - though I don't think there is a GUI method.

I know of no SPAM filter system - however Thunderbird has spam filtering. Also if you do what I do and let gmail collect all your mail accounts before then collecting from gmail with Thunderbird I think you'll find that SPAM is almost non-existent. Also gmail will scan everything for malware.

I'm no expert but I've always been led to believe that if you only install from the approved repositories and don't run as root then the only thing at risk under linux is your browser (to script attacks- which you can protect with Noscript). So the logic of a real-time AV seems to only apply if you want to share files with windows systems (yours or someone else's).
« Last Edit: August 15, 2012, 03:22:05 PM by mag »

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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2012, 03:40:53 PM »
mag:
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I'm no expert but I've always been led to believe that if you only install from the approved repositories and don't run as root then the only thing at risk under linux is your browser (to script attacks- which you can protect with Noscript). So the logic of a real-time AV seems to only apply if you want to share files with windows systems (yours or someone else's).

Yes, It is 'Distro Specific'; but personally that is how I use Linux.
Packages are built specifically for a Distro, installing packages developed outside of the Distro's repository can lead to system failure down the track. Such a situation whereby you want use a later version of a program, which as yet has not been built by the Dev team of your Distro.
There are of course programs like Firefox which are very regularly updated, and I've found using PCLinuxOS they are quickly adapted by the Dev's, and moved into the Repos.

@davidwcooney:
Please remember that there are only Windows viruses.
mag: seems to have found some very good Security options for your problem; "Sharing with Windows".
Honestly, if you don't have the time to scan a few shared files the best thing to do is not share them.
OR...
Upload files to Dropbox, check your Repos;  and have your Windows friends with active protectection download them. I have 2 GB's of storage, plus just install from it from my Repo.  8)

Too easy, yes !

All the best,

Regards

EDIT: I use BetterPrivacy in Firefox.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/
Remove or manage a new and uncommon kind of cookies, better known as LSO's.The BetterPrivacy safeguard offers various ways to handle Flash-cookies set by Google, YouTube, Ebay and others...
« Last Edit: August 15, 2012, 04:14:06 PM by Abraxas »

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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2012, 04:25:19 PM »


(1)Yes, It is 'Distro Specific'; but personally that is how I use Linux.
Packages are built specifically for a Distro, installing packages developed outside of the Distro's repository can lead to system failure down the track. Such a situation whereby you want use a later version of a program, which as yet has not been built by the Dev team of your Distro.

(2) EDIT: I use BetterPrivacy in Firefox.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/
Remove or manage a new and uncommon kind of cookies, better known as LSO's.The BetterPrivacy safeguard offers various ways to handle Flash-cookies set by Google, YouTube, Ebay and others...

At (1) - this I guess is a bit of a problem for products like avast and ESET. Clam AV is the only AV I have come across in the repo of any distro I've used.

At (2), I used BP until  came across this:

'Obsolete Rated 5 out of 5 stars

by enieffak on July 10, 2012 ยท permalink

Important news on BetterPrivacy and Firefox - please read!

Since version 5 Firefox finally is capable of supporting a very basic function to remove LSO's.

This are great news, and I think we all welcome this long awaited feature. Many thanks to all users promoting and demanding a native Firefox solution for the most annoying Flash feature - for many years affecting more than 90% of all web-users globally . Though BetterPrivacy helped a lot to make people take notice of the Flash related privacy problem and hopefully also provided an acceptable temorary solution, now the main reason for promoting the BetterPrivacy add-on fortunately is obsolete. Nevertheless, I certainly know that for many of you there are good reasons to continue using BetterPrivacy. Thus I will keep on developing and supporting this add-on.

With Firefox 5 BetterPrivacy still is needed if you wish to...

know if there are LSO's stored on your hard-disk
see information about particular LSO's, e.g. their origin, name, size and date of creation/modification
remove particular LSO's only
automatically remove LSO's on Firefox startup, by a timer or even immediately.
manage or handle LSO's differently from common cookies
exclude certain LSO's or even a whole LSO folder tree from automated or manual LSO deletion
survey web-pages to detect LSO storage immediately
handle "Settings LSO's" differently from "Data/tracking LSO's", e.g. to use the native Flash manager besides BetterPrivacy

One of the most important new features introduced with this BetterPrivacy release is the option to prevent Firefox from handling LSO's the same way as common cookies. This option is activated by default, and therefore still allows to manage or delete LSO's according to the rules defined in BetterPrivacy, even if you delete cookies with a native Firefox function such as "Clear Recent History" or "Clear History When Firefox Closes".

If however you are satisfyed with just having the native Firefox option to delete LSO's when quitting Firefox and to handle LSO's like common cookies with the Firefox 'Clear Recent History'-function, you might want to uninstall the BetterPrivacy add-on or otherwise you might want to change the BetterPrivacy option "Prevent the Firefox 'Clear Recent History' functions from handling LSO's as usual cookies". Please note that disabling this option will allow Firefox to delete any LSO's whenever usual cookies are removed - regardless of the LSO protection status in BetterPrivacy.


Source:
http://forum.worldstart.com/archive/index.php/t-155273.html
http://www.camp-firefox.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=91884'

I don't bother any more.

Apologies for the slide off-topic.

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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2012, 07:47:30 PM »
mag said:
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I don't bother any more.
Your quote is just one persons 'review', who happened to give Better Privacy 5 stars anyway.
http://www.camp-firefox.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=91884
I don't read German  ???

Personally, I'm using BetterPrivacy 1.68, with Firefox 14.0.1 for Linux.

I also use the Firefox  'Clear Recent History' feature too.

I also then use Bleachbit, and Clean Firefox, and the Flash Cache, and Flash Cookies.
I'm often surprised how many further cookies are found. ;)

Some further interesting reading You Deleted Your Cookies? Think Again

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Shared_Object

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Apologies for the slide off-topic.
No worries mag, thanks for trying to find a solution for davidwcooney  ;)

Again, I would advise:
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Upload files to Dropbox (free), check your Repos;  and have your Windows friends with active protectection download them. I have 2 GB's of free storage, plus I just install from it from my Repo.



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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2012, 07:57:17 PM »
Yes, I love that Avast! is free for Linux home users. However, I want the anti-spam and real-time scanning features that are available in the Internet Security version, and I'm willing to pay for it. I do share files with non-Linux users and would like to know they are not infected before I send them - and I don't want to have to run a manual scan every time. When i look at the information for Internet Security, it does not include Linux in its list of operating systems. Is there a way to get the Internet Security version for Linux?

I believe comodo now provide what you are looking for - free.

Comodo are not universally popular in these parts, and I have no idea if this product is any good, but I have just installed it on my 'play' machine, and it does at least run and integrate with ubuntu software centre.

Firefox seemed to take about three times as long as usual to open, but once opened it appears as quick as ever.

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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2012, 04:51:18 AM »
I believe comodo now provide what you are looking for - free.
For Linux ???
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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2012, 09:00:34 AM »
Yes, for Linux.

Didn't like to provide a link to a competitor product - but since a staff member is asking:

http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/antivirus-for-linux.php

As with everhting linux, installation is not as easy as it first seems.

Finding the .deb package for ubuntu is the first thing - I was only offered .rpm.

Then when you find that you have to run a script to load drivers.

I can't figure out the mail protection - looks to me to be for a mail server rather than a mail client.

On this (fairly low spec) machine there is a marked impact on performance from the real time av.

It does work though (ie it blocks the eicar test file download).
« Last Edit: August 18, 2012, 08:10:27 PM by mag »

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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2012, 11:06:24 PM »
Yes, for Linux.
Living and learning...

As with everhting linux, installation is not as easy as it first seems.
Sad... Everything needs to be complex... Sometimes I beg for something more user friendly...
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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2012, 12:55:03 AM »
Yes, for Linux.
Living and learning...

As with everhting linux, installation is not as easy as it first seems.
Sad... Everything needs to be complex... Sometimes I beg for something more user friendly...
Comodo is a good product for a first attempt, but heavy on resources and and not too user friendly on install. Perhaps avast could do better? ;)

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Re: Internet Security version for Linux?
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2012, 01:08:28 AM »
Perhaps avast could do better? ;)
By the actual speed of development, I really doubt...
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