Purpose: Easy to follow security guidance for home users. Focusing on getting maximum security with minimum effort and impact on usability.
Audience: During development: Fedora Docs Project members. In a possible after-drafts life: Fedora home users.
Assumptions: A default Fedora installation (Desktop, Workstation or Server) with root ownership.
- Security Guide
Lead Writer: Magnusg
Security for Home Users
This guide explains how you in Fedora may get high security with minimum effort and impact on Fedora and software usability. The level of security attained from following the advice in this guide should suffice for regular home usage.
Keep your system updated
This is your main defence against security threats. Keeping Fedora and your software updated will stop most people from compromising your system. Most security exploits used by crackers utilizes known (read: older) security holes in software. Stay updated and you will not be vulnerable to these attacks. Lucky for you Fedora will out-of-the-box automatically update software installed via the Yum package management system.
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If you exclusively install software via the System > Administration > Add/Remove software menu or via yum install <package> in a terminal window you don't have to worry further about this.
One great strength of the worlds Open Source communities is how fast software gets patched when a security hole is discovered, use this to your advantage by letting Fedora automatically update your software!
As explained above the default package management system in Fedora is called Yum. Yum helps Fedora keep all software updated. This helps keep you safe from attackers on the Internet. Yum installs and updates software found in so called repositories. If the software you seek is not available in the default Yum repositories you may add your own repositories and thereby allowing your favourite software outside the Fedora universe to be automatically updated.
For information about how to add new repositories see: http://docs.fedoraproject.org/yum/en/sn-using-repositories.html
Keep backups of your data
You need to have proper backups of your personal data, or else you face a real risk to loosing it. This in case of an accident, a hard drive failure or that your system should happen to get cracked by evil-doers on the Internet. Imagine loosing all your precious photos or music stored on your computer, don't let that happen, backup your data.
Easy ways of backing up data
<todo> Burn on CD/DVD. Put on external storage. Software recommendations.
Run a firewall
Configuring the default firewall in Fedora
<todo> System > Administration > Firewall menu.
Use common sense
Do not run server software that you do not use
For more information
For in-depth information on Fedora security features please read the Security Guide.