Frequently Asked Questions about PureOS
How is PureOS different from other GNU/Linux distributions?
PureOS is based on another GNU/Linux OS called Debian. Debian believes, as we do, that software should be free/libre and open source. We include our own “spin”, include security features and bundle some of the best applications to provide tremendous productivity and enjoyment. We also include PureBrowser, a privacy and security focused web browser based upon well-known Mozilla technologies. PureBrowser takes all of the guesswork out of having secure and private browsing while maintaining the experience that you are used to.
Do you put up ads or steal and sell my data?
Quite simply, we will not show you advertisements nor do we care about mining your data. Your data, your pictures, your browsing history – that’s for you and you alone. We exist as a company because we personally wanted to have better control of our own data. And we think you do to.
Can PureOS protect me from viruses, malware and cryptolocker?
By its nature, PureOS is immune from most forms of virus and malware because it is based upon the Linux kernel. In simplest terms, the kernel is the foundation of any operating system. From there, we pre-install further protections in order to help keep you safe, private and secure. To your preference, you can install other software for this purpose, like:
- ClamAV, an anti-virus and malware protection tool.
- Uncomplicated Firewall, that helps to keep you secure by not allowing connections to your computer.
These services are provided free of cost and with little necessary input from the user.
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