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The good lady ask me a question I can't answer. Can you pick up a virus on a thumb drive ISO, when you are using it on a strange computer ie at a library or a place that has rent able computers.

dinga

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Yes.
I'm not a security expert, but what I think I know is:

There is still not a significant amount of malware aimed at linux systems.
Linux systems are still relatively well secured by the nature of the system.

So, if the storage medium (thumb drive, sd card, whatever...) does pick up a virus or something from a third party's computer, it is most likely that the virus wont be able to affect a linux system.

Some reading:
Wiki article

What can be a matter of concern is if the storage medium is migrating between a number of computers. It could act as the carrier for something, i.e. pick it up on one computer, not affect the linux system, but pass it on to a third system that is a windows system.
For this possibility, it would be advisable to have an anti-virus on the linux system that checks the storage medium as a matter of course when it is mounted.

And last but not least: the best virus protection is still to switch on your brain before you click on things in the internet. 😀

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Thanks Mick that is about what my thinking was. I should run Clam av more often then I do put I have never found any malware on any of my computers as of yet. The good lady spends hours looking on the internet. Buys a lot of stuff as well.

dinga

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But the good lady is still using a Linux system, I take it. And I always got the impression that she has her brain turned on, as a rule... 😉

Buying stuff is not so much the problem, either. It's more following links to things like sensationalist "news" reports, special offers that are too good to be true, or porn sites. Or to put it another way: indiscriminatly clicking on any link that flashes hard enough to get your attention. 🙂

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I don't believe either of us do that. The only stuff we get is from our friend Virginia She sends weird conspicuous crap every week or two, she is 97 years old so we don't pay any attention to what she sends us from those funny sites.

dinga

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Yeah, I think the both of you are fairly safe. 🙂

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the real issue with transferring a virus onto a USB drive is the possibility of infecting a WINDOWS system.

years ago I got AVClam to kill a virus BEFORE I insert that USB drive into a Windows system. There's no real danger to the Linux system.

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thanks for the information. No visuses, ever for me using Linux (currently Sparky).