Could Linux Make Game Play More Secure


Virus concerns weigh on people’s minds when they enter private, sensitive information onto websites. In today’s world, paying bills and even enjoying streaming or gaming services require giving out personal info. Thankfully, antiviruses work to protect people against keyloggers and malware. Still, some might worry about information becoming compromised. PC owners might opt to go with a Linux operating system to cut down on the chances of virus infections. While not perfect, Linux could offer protections that other operating systems, such as Windows, may lack.

Linux and Viruses

When signing up for sites like, for instance, users want to feel confident they won’t deal with a hacker or virus-induced crisis. A website and its publishers and hosts could invest significant time and money to protect users. However, the website and its owner cannot keep a user’s computer safe. So, it becomes incumbent on computer owners to install current antivirus programs and support the definitions updated. Windows, unfortunately, may come with security issues that open doors to viruses. With Linux, there could be another layer of protection.

Viruses written for Windows won’t work on another operating system, be it Android, iOS, or Linux. So, installing Linux as an option on a PC or laptop could lead to a helpful safety strategy. Playing casino games, opening up a bank account’s website, or signing in to social media after a Linux boot might reduce the chances of security disasters. Sources suggest there are far fewer Linux viruses out there, and the Linux system seems to be more secure. That said, no one should assume Linux is invulnerable to viruses, malware, and the like.

Linux Security Issues

Be aware Linux viruses and malware do exist. The numbers may be fewer than Windows, but they are out there. Users should be careful about downloads and other actions that open doors to possible virus infections. Also, a Linux computer could become infected with a Windows virus that could spread to other computers. For example, the virus might not hurt a Linux computer, but the Linux user may send the virus to someone else via email.

Installing a Linux-based antivirus program might address some troubles. Running the antivirus program routinely may uncover any errant viruses if they find their way to the computer.

Automatic assumptions about safety could lead to trouble.

Not Windows

Users could install Linux as an alternative booting operating system. That is, upon turning the computer on, an option exists to choose between Windows and Linux. Booting with Linux and gaming with that operating system might ease safety concerns, but free Linux operating systems may prove more cumbersome and clunky than Windows’ current versions. Take that as the trade-off. When only using the internet to play games, things may move smoother.

Signing onto a gaming platform via the internet comes with no different steps than doing so with Windows. Choosing the appropriate browser could make the experience more preferable. Generally, it may take some time to get used to Linux, but the benefits might make the investment worthwhile.

Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer Thomas is the Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Cybers Guards. Prior to that, She was responsible for leading its Cyber Security Practice and Cyber Security Operations Center, which provided managed security services.