Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: Mar. 25 2008,15:03
|It has worked great and I am not exposed to fraud and viruses that can exist on pcs in the internet cafes especially the third world ones.|
Would you like to buy a bridge? And where does this BS come from whereby people presume they're immune just because they're using some form of Linux?
*Any* time you're on an untrusted network, you're at risk of being surveilled in some form or fashion. That includes keyloggers when you're operating virtually from within another operating system on a host machine. Add to that the risks of unencrypted/plaintext data over networks, you're NOT inherently safer using Linux or any other OS without intentionally using secure servers, etc. Your DSL forum password is sent in plaintext to a non-secure http server. How many more passwords are you naively sending in plaintext over dubious networks?
Don't believe me? Look up combinations of QEMU, keylogger, security, internet cafe, etc. You're only as safe as your host machine and your knowledge of security measures. Presuming that you're safe using Linux in QEMU on an untrusted computer -- whether it runs Windows or Linux or anything else -- doesn't make you safe. It only makes you gullible.
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