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I just posted this over on B/C but I wanted to post it here as well because some of you are a little more focused on security than the average user.
Any thoughts or advice are appreciated...
Well, it's not actually installed yet - Few hours away...
I have Linux Mint 17.3 (MATE) on a USB and ready to go. Just finishing up some stuff before I pave over XP with Mint. I went with 17.3 (for stability) simply because there are so many things I don't know or I'm not familiar with yet. I figure most of the necessary updates have been applied and most of the bugs should be well known by now. That should make the transition just a little smoother for now.
I've been doing some research for about 24 hours and between a combination of blogs and YouTube I've come up with a list of things I should probably do right after a fresh Linux install. Some of these things may not apply to all distros, but many should.
So here's the combined and edited list I've come up with. I'm hoping you guys and gals could give me some input on your process of stepping things up after a new install, and also the order in which you do those things.
UPDATE THE SYSTEM
TURN ON THE FIREWALL
REMOVE MONO AND ORCA (???)
INSTALL MISSING DRIVERS
SELECT AN UPDATE POLICY AND APPLY ALL AVAILABLE UPDATES
DECREASE THE SWAP USE (IMPORTANT)
DISABLE HIBERNATION (SUSPEND-TO-DISK)
DISABLE SCREEN SAVER IS CONFIGURED CORRECTLY
FIX BRIGHTNESS ISSUE [FOR INTEL GRAPHICS]
SOLVE SOME KNOWN BUGS - RESEARCH THE LIST FOR YOUR DISTRO
SPEED UP YOUR MATE
OPTIMIZE YOUR SOLID STATE DRIVE (SSD)
CREATE MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS: PREVENT OTHER USERS FROM ACCESSING THE FILES IN YOUR ACCOUNT
INSTALL RAR AND OTHER ARCHIVING UTILITIES
INSTALL MORE BROWSERS
INSTALL MULTIMEDIA CODECS
INSTALL A CLIPBOARD MANAGER
INSTALL HARDINFO - SYSTEM INFORMATION TOOL
Any of these things redundant or even useless?
Am I missing anything important (besides finally installing the darn OS)?
You left off AdBlock... Oversight or should I not use that anymore?
This Malware plug-in looks pretty neat. I did a left click with it and there seems to be a boat-load of options for research. Very awesome!
Mint is only running from a USB at the moment. If I go ahead and do the full install (on the fence about that right now cause it's much slower and less responsive than I anticipated) then I will certainly batten down the hatches on Firefox.
Gary R wrote:uBlock Origin does the same job as AdBlock, and uses fewer resources to do it.
Why, yes... Yes it does.
I only gave the other items (besides the Malware plug-in) a cursory glance. But now I (embarrassingly) just did some searching and reading about each of them. And, wow, that has go to be the most secure browser list I have ever seen.
Well there are other things you can do to tighten things up further, but the 4 add-ons I've named will give you a pretty good level of security whilst still retaining a pretty good level of accessible functionality in Firefox.
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