I have no hardware based firewall between new my new kde install and the internet. I know i can install firewall onto manjaro, but i also have a 2.0gb+ update to install before I can do that, when im going to be running ‘naked’ (well, firewall less)
Does this matter? I know little at this stage about Linux.
As no firewall is installed by default in KDE Manjaro and i have no hardware firewall am I safe to be online?
I was replying to what Olli said above "…and nothing special from aur. " basically i understood from that and his reply after that out the box my new KDE install is going to be safe despite me not having a hardware firewall or any software firewall as long as i dont get funky with stuff i install.
I intend to install a firewall through the package manager but im going to be without any form of hardware and software firewall for however long that takes and that was my original question as if it would be safe to have no protection at all during that time.
By default nothing should be opened to the internet as no service is enabled by default to listen to the internet (and also most of the time people are behind a router from ISP that already shouldn’t allow random connection from internet to reach your computer).
Also Oli having a firewall will do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for things you download from the AUR as already pointed by Nachless, this makes no sense. You’re right that packages from official repositories should be 100% safe, and AUR or other external sources are riskier regarding security, but a firewall will not stop for example infecting yourself with a malware (or whatever malicious thing you were thinking) from an external source you install yourself.