The Linux operating system has many unique benefits when compared to Windows or Mac OS. However, viruses and malware can still threaten Linux user’s systems. Antivirus software exists for Linux and you can find them on the web. Webroot Internet Security Plus, however, does not work on Linux based systems.
Webroot Internet Security Plus Supported Operating Systems
- Microsoft Windows XP 32, 64-bit SP2, SP3
- Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows Vista SP1, SP2 32 and 64-bit
- Windows 7, 32 and 64-bit, Windows 7, SP1 32 and 64-bit
- Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, both 32 and 64-bit
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
- Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
- Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
- Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
- Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
- Mac OS 10.12 Sierra
- Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra
- Mac OS 10.14 Mojave
- Mac OS 10.15 Catalina
Linux is Vulnerable to Viruses and Malware
Many Windows and Mac users may think Linux offers complete protection from viruses and malware, but this is not the case. Cross-platform threats exist that can strike both Windows and Linux operating systems running on a single PC or network.
A few examples include:
New types of malware are created each day and released over the internet. Any system that comes in contact with these threats can be attacked.
Enterprise Linux Servers Need Antivirus
Servers that only run Linux are also not safe from malware that may hide from view and spread to computers on the network. A Linux server may not appear infected but could be carrying malware that can spread throughout a network.
PCI-DDS regulations require any company that stores important financial information on their computers to run antivirus software. Not doing this can result in fines or legal liabilities if a virus or malware infection occurs. Also, following good security practices will help minimize this risk. This includes keeping all your application software up-to-date and monitoring communications for any type of phishing activity.
As Linux Use Grows in Quantity, So Do Hackers
As more and more enterprises switch to Linux from Windows operating systems, they make themselves targets to Linux hackers and cyber thieves. And as hackers become successful in spreading their malware and stealing data, their numbers will likely grow. So it is important to always have your Linux system protected from online threats.
Webroot Internet Security Plus works on both Windows and Mac operating systems, but not on Linux. It is recommended for Linux users to find and install another system protection program to avoid malware and virus infections.