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May 02, 2014, 09:44:36 AM
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When I first discovered Bitcoin I ran the Qt client on Mint.

Now I am playing around with Arch and Debian. I want to run a full node again (Armory) to contribute to the network, I also want have my hot wallets as secure as reasonably possible.

From what I understand Debian is very stable but stagnant in its updates, does this not make it more vulnerable to emerging security threats?

Arch is bleeding edge, but requires a competent user to manage the system as updates become available. In terms of security is this a benefit or a liability?

Right now I'm thinking of either going all Arch, or doing most of my computing on an Arch partition running a small hot wallet for day-to-day purchases. Then running a Debian partition focused on highest security with my larger hot wallet which I will use to fill my smaller wallet.

The idea would be that my Arch partition would act as the "canary" partition.

Of course I will be hodling most of my coins in paper wallets, I just want to know which would be better at protecting my Bitcoins. Arch or Debian? Any advice welcome.


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May 02, 2014, 08:29:46 PM
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Debian is insignificantly stagnant in its updates. It doesn't make it more vulnerable to emerging security threats.
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May 02, 2014, 10:17:41 PM
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for security, avoid any browser plugins and port-scan yourself using nmap or a tool like this.
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May 04, 2014, 03:55:55 PM
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for security, avoid any browser plugins and port-scan yourself using nmap or a tool like this.


What browser plugins should be avoided for example?
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May 07, 2014, 11:15:59 AM
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I prefer Arch to Debian any day.

for security, avoid any browser plugins and port-scan yourself using nmap or a tool like this.


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FLASH. Java too.

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