Keep Data Safe on Linux

Data Security: Tools

 By Steve Morgan
Keep Data Safe on Linux
1. Introduction
Some people think Linux is a safe system; at least it is safer than PC or Mac. It's not true. We feel it safe because fewer stories reported on it, or say, hackers, have less reward or interest to attack it. Technically, Linux has similar risks and Vulnerabilities as PC, Mac, or other systems; computer viruses and malware are found from Linux from time to time. Antivirus is no exception at Linux machines. Other data security tools, like VPN, backup, and password manager, are also important assets to build a strong security environment for Linux users.

Antivirus
The top issue of computer information security is to scan and remove viruses.  Do Linux computers really need antivirus software? The answer is yes. 1. Source code isn't 100 percent clean; even if you download the latest patches, there’s possibly Linux-specific malware out there. 2. If you’re getting files from outside your software repository, you have a further risk of infecting viruses and malware.3. Cyber attackers can use scripts, like Javascript, to enter your system through multiple routes.

Backdoor
Linux machine won't run alone. Some PC or Mac malware code may stay on Linux, then spreads through the network. So to avoid your Linux becoming a backdoor of malware, you cannot ignore it even if it's not the primary computer in your system. In this case, Linux itself is safe but potentially brings a huge risk to your data security.

Encrypt, Backup, and Password
Antivirus and malware aren't the whole of data security. As a Linux user, you need to care for your own data and privacy safe in various use cases. For example, do you use public Wi-Fi? If yes, you should consider a VPN solution to protect leakage from communication. Do you backup important data in case of a media accident or ransomware hijack? If no, you should set up a backup or vault for valuable stuff. Besides, the password manager is another option for Linux users to manage passwords and key data for the Linux machine and all devices and Internet services in your system. 

2. Third-parties' Linux Security Software
Linux has a robust security mechanism. But the security requirement is so diverse that more and more companies enter the field. Now Linux users start to have more options to improve their security situations. In view of its nature, Linux is a relatively safe OS. Especially, because its user base is much less than Windows and Mac, hackers have fewer victims to attack. However, any systems have flaws. It's why you still keep an eye on the privacy and data at your Linux computer. Here we list some tools to help you get extra protection for Linux devices.

ProducerNameAreaFree
Nord Inc.
Panama
NordVPNVPN Service
Password
Detail
NordPass Password ManagerPassword
Privacy Security
Detail
ESET, LLC.
Slovak
ESET Smart SecurityAntivirus
Internet Security
Password
Data Backup
Parental Control
Detail
Comodo Security Solutions, Inc.
USA
Comodo AntivirusAntivirus
Data Backup
VPN Service
Detail
Aura
USA
Hotspot ShieldVPN Service
Password
Privacy Security
Detail
CyberGhost
Romania
CyberGhost VPNVPN Service
Detail
Express VPN International Ltd
UK
ExpressVPNVPN Service
Detail
Surfshark Ltd.
UK
Surfshark VPNVPN Service
Detail
Bitwarden, Inc.
USA
Bitwarden Password ManagerPassword
File Security
Detail
Siber Systems, Inc.
USA
RoboForm Password ManagerPassword
File Security
Detail
IDrive Inc.
USA
iDriveData Backup
Detail
McAfee, LLC.
USA
Mcafee Identity Theft ProtectionPrivacy Security
Detail


3. Hot Linux Security Software
Comparing with Windows, Linux's core is much more difficult to exploit. Now the main Linux security supplements focus on backup and password. Here we list some available tools to enhance your Linux backup and password management. In addition, we also list quick accesses to get Linux's security tools by categories.

3.1 Backup for Linux
iDrive
(1)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroidLinux
Detail Info
FeatureBasicPersonalBusinessDevice
Backup to cloudFull list
Backup select fileFull list
Scheduled backupFull list
Continuous backupFull list
Hard drive backupFull list
FTP and network backupFull list


3.2 Free Password Manager for Linux
Bitwarden Password Manager
(1)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroidChromeBookLinux
Detail Info
FeatureFreePremiumFamilyTeamDeviceNote
Secure password vaultFull list
Auto fill passwordFull list
Password generatorFull list
Secure NoteFull list
Digital walletFull list
Multiple factor authenticationFull list
Share PasswordFull list
Encrypted file storageFull list(1G)
NordPass Password Manager
(2)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroidLinux
Detail Info
FeatureFreePremiumFamilyDevice
Secure password vaultFull list
Password generatorFull list
Secure NoteFull list
Digital walletFull list
Share PasswordFull list
Build trusted contactsFull list
Biometrics LoginiOS Android
Monitor privacy breachFull list
Multiple factor authenticationFull list
RoboForm Password Manager
(3)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroidChromeBookLinux
Detail Info
FeatureFreeEverywhereFamilyDeviceNote
Secure password vaultFull list
Auto fill passwordFull list
Secure NoteFull list
Share PasswordFull list
Multiple factor authenticationFull list
Encrypted file storageFull list(1G)
3.3 Quick Access Security Tools