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The built in firewall is not active nor set for public out of the box. This is a security issue.

Linux too has many vulnerabilities. For some, refer to QubesOS and other high security linux versions.

Most linux versions have firewall inactive, not set to public, or not even installed out of the box.

Would you leave fort knox's front door unlocked?

With all the hackers out there, even a tiny extra bit of security will help.

Using ANY google products is not secure as we all know google is a spying company.

SRWare's Iron Browser can help, firefox, and Opera with free built in VPN can help.

Additionally, I see nothing in the linux community that will block or thwart other forms of spyware.
WebRTC is a ingratiating issue.

And since all modern browsers support the built in spyware/malware infested HTML5, what can we do to be safer?

Here is an article comparing OS's security issues:

And another one too:

Not saying Peppermint has swiss cheese holes in it, but surely every simple tweak can help, right?

We have so many 'legal' and illegal hacking and tracking and spywares and such out there it is innumerable. will address some browser related security vulnerabilities. is a good place for information too. I personally talked to steve gibson.

Just food for thought.

My 1st suggestion is for every version of peppermint to have the firewall always on and set to public.

At least they have a little extra security out of the box.
Thanks Rajeev, I'll look into how doable this is after the PM9 release .. your info will no doubt save me a LOT of time, so is much appreciated :)
Hi crazysquirrel,

Are you saying that PeppermintOS is not secure out of the box?  :-\


-- Slim
What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: Dell Dimension 4600
« Last post by VinDSL on April 21, 2018, 09:16:30 pm »
Great to see your old Dell performing so well VinDSL, shows what **can** be achieved .. just not in 256MB RAM :)

Thanks! I'm having fun. It's like driving a '55 Chevy.

Now, if I can just get the floppy drive to mount consistently. LoL!

Had it working, for awhile, but I couldn't leave 'well enough' alone. Grrr...

Floppies have always been almost Voodooesque on Linux.  ::)
All's well that en....  erm, you know the rest :)
Sorry I took so long to reply.  We had a very rare event happen here in The Netherlands - the sun was shining  :)).  The issue with Launchpad PPAs  also appears to have resolved itself here too.  It was weird how it went on for a few days here - oh well  :-\.   I think I'll mark this as [RESOLVED]  ;).
sorry not too talkative lately. My dad has pneumonia and blood clots on his lungs.
And I'm getting truck repairs done.

Suggestion: Perhaps have the firewall turned on and set to public on install? Can provide some additional protection without compromising your ideals?
Hardware / Re: Display problems with Samsung Netbook Model N130
« Last post by PCNetSpec on April 21, 2018, 02:39:41 pm »
I'm really happy now with my working netbook

Happy to hear that Norbert, and welcome to the Peppermint community :)
Hardware / Re: Display problems with Samsung Netbook Model N130
« Last post by Norbert on April 21, 2018, 01:21:24 pm »
Ok, thanks for this info. For my N130 it is useful to have a lightweight web browser.
And once more many thanks for your support. I'm really happy now with my working netbook  :D
Hardware / Re: Display problems with Samsung Netbook Model N130
« Last post by PCNetSpec on April 21, 2018, 12:59:40 pm »
At the time Firefox 57 wasn't out, and earlier version of Firefox were s-l-o-w by comparison to Chromium (not Chrome).

There's nothing stopping you from switching to Firefox though .. specially considering the new versions of Firefox are now just as quick as Chromium/Chrome :)
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