Linux for Travelers
This web site is about how to protect yourself from spyware and identity theft while traveling by using Linux live CDs.
What is Linux?
Linux is a free operating system that runs from a CD, bypassing spyware-infested public hard drives. Linux live CDs are good for all types of travelers, from backpackers to business travelers, and it is also a great way to do secure computing at home. Your Linux live CD cannot get viruses or spyware because it runs from a CD-R and cannot be modified once it has been created.
The dangers of public computing
Personal computers are often riddled with spyware, viruses, and trojans. Based on a study done by American Online and the National Cyber Security Alliance [PDF document] it is estimated that 80% of PC users have spyware on their computers. Almost half of the people surveyed didn't know that they have spyware.
Would you trust typing your bank account information or credit card numbers into a public computer with an unknown history?
There is a solution
Linux can run directly from a CD without installing to the hard drive. You can boot into Linux, surf the Web, check your email, edit your travel photos, and do your online banking without having to use someone else's possibly infected operating system. When you take out your Linux live CD and reboot the computer, the computer is back to the way it was before with nothing changed.
Is Linux 100% secure?
No operating system is 100% secure. But by using a Linux live CD, you bypass using a public computer's operating system that is possibly infected with spyware, viruses and/or trojans. If your Linux operating system is running from a CD-R it cannot be modified and can never have a virus installed on it. So you will know that the operating system is clean on every boot.
Getting a portable Linux live CD involves the following 3 easy steps:
- Download Linux (free)
- Burn Linux to a CD-R
- Boot your computer with the new Linux CD in your CD drive