Spyware on FreeBSD?

Björn König bkoenig at cs.tu-berlin.de
Wed Jul 13 17:05:07 GMT 2005

Gayn Winters wrote:

> How immune is a FreeBSD system from spyware?  For sure, we should all be
> following the standard advice of NEVER surfing the web using the root
> account!  Thus a modification of this question is: if we do not surf the
> web using root, can we still get infected with spyware?

I think it's irrelevant whether you use FreeBSD or any other operating 
system. In my opinion the most critical factors are the user and the 
installed software, e.g. your browser and your mail client. Surprisingly 
this applies to Windows too; you can keep privacy if you follow some 
essential rules, even with Windows.


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