What Makes Linux Secure?

8m 18s

In this section of the lesson, you'll learn why Linux is considered to be a relatively secure operating system. You'll learn the fundamentals of Linux security and how to keep your systems safe.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what superusers are in Linux
  • Learn why Linux systems are often avoided by attackers
  • Understand the security implications for open-source software such as Linux
  • Learn how various Linux components contribute to security including roles, network services, encryption, accounts, and multifactor authentication
  • Look at security principles that you can apply to your Linux systems

Intended Audience

This lesson is intended for anyone who wants an introduction to how to secure their Linux systems.


To get the most out of this lesson, you should already have a good working knowledge of Linux. If you want to brush up on your Linux skills, consider taking our Learn Linux in 5 Days course first.

About the Author
Jason Cannon, opens in a new tab
Founder, Linux Training Academy
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Jason is the founder of the Linux Training Academy as well as the author of "Linux for Beginners" and "Command Line Kung Fu." He has over 20 years of professional Linux experience, having worked for industry leaders such as Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, UPS, FireEye, and Amazon.com. Nothing gives him more satisfaction than knowing he has helped thousands of IT professionals level up their careers through his many books and courses.

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