5 Security Tools for Linux

by Gustavo on April 19, 2011 · 3 comments · Linux

Since it was launched, one of the biggest advantages of Linux operating systems has been its security. But the security confidence in this operating system could be starting to decrease because hackers have started to target them, since they have gained so much popularity in recent years.

This is not a surprise to anyone, because hackers generally focus their resources against the most used programs. Windows had always been the preferred target, until alternatives such as Apple and Linux started to take off.

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This has led to attacks on Linux operating systems to become more common than in the past. Which means that users must accept that from now on they should take some measures to defend their operating system.

To save some time, here are 5 of the best security tools for Linux.

1. ClamAV

Sourcefire ClamAV is one of the best antivirus for Linux. An open source program designed to detect all types of threats, including Trojans, viruses and malware. If that is not enough, the software also has a powerful scanning tool and a tool for automatic updates.

2. Snort

Another product from Sourcefire, Snort is a program to prevent and detect threats through a network that combines different types of inspection. With several million downloads, this software is one of the most widely used by Linux users.

3. Wireshark

A protocol analyzer on the internet that allows to capture and analyze the traffic generated by the computer. An interesting detail is that Wireshark works in all types of systems, including: Windows, OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD and NetBSD.

4. John the Ripper

A password cracker, which allows users to detect weak keys. So far it is primarily distributed as source code, but there are versions for Linux and Mac.

5. Nessus

With over five million downloads, Nessus is one of the most important security applications in the world. This system offers all kind of protection, including scanning, data recovery and analysis of vulnerabilities.

Release date March 26, 2003.

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Bob from Linux Solutions June 13, 2012 at 8:22 am

What’s the best anti virus to use on linux do you have any suggestions?


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