I recently bashed Windows to be too darn snoopy, but you know what? It isn’t just Windows. Ever since Yosemite came out, Apple’s macOS has been equally untrustworthy. As for Chrome OS, Android and iOS, come forth! They are all built around cloud services; by design, they share all you do with third-party services. What’s the answer? Desktop Linux.
With President Trump considering asking foreign visitors to disclose each of websites and social media sites they visit and Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney overall pick, needing cryptographic back doors, I think privacy is more important than everbefore.
True, I’ve been praising desktop Linux for ages, however, privacy is a brand new reason to make use of it. In years past while Windows had lousy security, at least it did not report into headquarters. It does. So do almost all operating systems.
Chrome OS and Android, as an example, are Linux distributions, however they function full power only with an internet connection.
So if privacy actually matters for you, you want an operating system that does not broadcast your motions into the World Wide Web. For many practical purposes, that means desktop Linux.
Why? Because while you can surely utilize cloud services like Gmail or even Microsoft’s Office 365 on Linux, most Linux desktop apps live and work on your own desktop. If you do need a particular Windows application, odds are good that Wine 2.0, a set of Windows APIs that were ported to Linux, will let you run your app on top of Linux. For example, Microsoft Office 2013 currently runs on Linux with Wine.
If you believe Linux is too hard to use, think again. In particular, I enjoy Linux Mint 18.1 with the Cinnamon desktop. Mint has everything a standard WIMP (windows, icons, menu and pointer) desktop must possess. If you’ve used any desktop computer in the previous 10 decades, you are going to get up to speed with Mint quickly.
In addition, Linux is less prone to vulnerabilities compared to Windows. Windows 10 still has its regular share of crucial patches each month. I am also not in any way familiar with Microsoft diminishing its security bulletins in favor of a searchable database of support files. I believe that can make it far more difficult to understand what’s wrong with Windows.
If you want more safety, and if you are willing to go the extra mile to get it and you are no average desktop user, attempt hardened Linux desktop distributions like Kali Linux, Qubes OS and Tails. Remember, though, that what you are doing on the internet determines your degree of solitude. If you place your every thought on Facebook, even Tails you can not give you any real privacy to talk of.
Don’t get me wrong. Linux has its own share of security problems, however there are far fewer of these. ” With Linux, however, you’re starting from a secure and private base.