I use linux not because I like to mess with command lines and operating systems, but because I work with Krita and Mypaint, and thought best to have them in their native environments. When I encounter an issue, I usually need to spend half a day browsing through instructions (and debates) on forums until I find some approach I’m confident tackling.
I just moved for a summer month or two into a university residence. When first signing on to their system I was asked to declare that I had anti-virus software installed and that I keep it updated. I clicked yes, but I actually don’t have those things running because I’m not using windows, and I’ve believed that the virus threat isn’t that significant when using this alternative.
I did feel more confident when software would update daily. But since January there have been no new available updates. I guess that is because I’m using 16.04 and it is no longer being supported. The recommended approach is that I wait until mid-July when I’ll be able to upgrade to the newest supported version. Usually I’d be okay with that, as I’m presently able to do all that I need to do just fine, but I’m wondering if I’m failing to be in accordance with the university network’s security practices if I’m running this six months unsupported system. In Synaptic, I do have checked the option to download and install any security updates. I’m assuming that if a risk did become apparent, 16.04 would then be supported for necessary updates.