Linux Security MythsFor years, GNU/Linux users have enjoyed the notion that their operating system is superior to Microsoft Windows in terms of security. Unfortunately, what attackers stand to gain from compromising a computer or network has also changed over time.
One of the most popular myths surrounding computer security is that GNU/Linux is more secure than Windows. Many factors come into play when you determine how secure a system is. The most important factor is how the system was configured. It is highly unlikely that a GNU/Linux system configured by a complete novice would be more secure than a Windows systems configured by a highly skilled specialist.
Another computer security myth is that viruses don't attack GNU/Linux computers. Although fewer viruses have been written to attack GNU/Linux systems than Windows systems, GNU/Linux viruses do exist. Threats to GNU/Linux systems are also posed by other forms of malware, such as Trojan horses, rootkits, and spyware