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What About Protection?

Xandros Desktop Home Edition Premium includes something called the Xandros Security Suite, which includes a firewall, anti-virus, malware protection, and access to Xandros Networks, which we’ll look at in a moment. Linux isn’t exactly prone to threats from viruses and malware, but Aunt Mary is going to feel a whole lot better knowing these programs are protecting her, and as a bonus, she’s not going to accidentally forward a virus-infected email to one of her unwitting Windows-using friends. It would be nice if the firewall was active by default, and the anti-virus program was enabled and set to automatically download the latest virus definitions, but it’s easy enough to click on the various areas and select the Fix button to get things working as they should. The warning displayed by the suite — "Your computer may be exposed to a high risk" — is a bit over the top, in my opinion. We don’t want to give Aunt Mary a stroke.

Xandros Networks makes sure your system is up to date, and allows you to install optional software. If you or Aunt Mary are used to Microsoft Outlook, you may opt to install Evolution, for example.

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Figure 4 High risk message

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