What Does the Bible Say About Being Thankful?

1 Thessalonians 5:18   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

Psalm 106:1   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

 

Psalm 9:1-2   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For the choir director; on Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.

I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.
I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

 

Psalm 136:2   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Give thanks to the God of gods,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

 

Psalm 118:1   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

 

Psalm 95:1-4   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God
And a great King above all gods,
In whose hand are the depths of the earth,
The peaks of the mountains are His also.


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Response to “Linux vs Windows”

In this blog post, I will be giving a brief response to a section of an online article I found online. The article claims that Linux is “more secure” than Windows, but this is of course not accurate. The article can be located at: http://techluminati.com/operating-systems/linux-vs-windows/

Please note that I mean *no* disrespect to the author of the article.  Please also note that I am just going to reply to the part of the article that talks about Windows’ security. I’m not replying to the whole article.

The direct quotes from the article are in red, and my responses are in black.

6) Security –
I have been using Windows since windows the days of Windows 95, and I can tell you that Windows 7 has some pretty good security features that, if implemented properly, can give you quite a secure system to work with. Its firewall has advanced features that you can configure. However, there are many who believe that Windows still remains a weak operating system from a security standpoint.

I’ve used Windows 95, 98, 98 SE and a little bit of ME.  However several years ago I started using Windows NT (a stable, secure, really well done OS brand still being used by millions today; not MS-DOS based) that initially was released as Windows NT 3.1 on July 27, 1993.

The Windows NT brand (Windows NT 3.1, Windows NT 3.5, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10) is *not* based upon the older versions of Windows (e.g. Windows 95 or 98) that had MS-DOS underneath it.

Linux on the other hand , has always been a secure operating system since the early days. It has often been the subject of debate that an open source operating system cannot be as secure as a proprietary one, but Linux has proved  that belief to be untrue. Overall, I believe that Linux offers much more security by default.

This is not true at all!  Linux has had its fair share of security vulnerabilities too. Also, Linux was not “always secure from the beginning” either. Linux itself had to undergo a lot of security patches to get it where it is today.

Overall, I believe that Linux offers much more security by default.

Not really. A default install of Windows Server 2012 R2 and CentOS Linux will have similar security defaults out of the box.

Look here:  https://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-33/product_id-47/cvssscoremin-7/cvssscoremax-7.99/Linux-Linux-Kernel.html

Look here:  https://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/search-results?query=linux+kernel&search_type=last3months&cves=on

As the link will show you, there have been several security problems discovered in Linux!

Access Privileges – Linux by default does not run as a root (the Windows ‘administrator’ equivalent) This ensures that any automated program or script cannot make changes to the system without explicit privileges from the user.

Windows (since Vista) does not let the user run as Administrator by default. The default Windows user has to press “Yes” on the UAC prompt to gain Administrator access. Otherwise the user is still a “limited, non-Administrator”.

Linux (specifically Ubuntu) does something similar. The default user in a Ubuntu install is a limited account too (like Windows) with privileges to access root if the user wants to, but instead of having to click a “Yes” button to gain Administrator access, the Ubuntu Linux user has to enter their password instead.

I suspect Microsoft opted for clicking a “Yes” button for more user-friendliness. However you can have Windows force users to enter their password, instead of just clicking a “Yes” button.

Although Windows has implemented a similar mechanism called ‘User Account Control or UAC’, Which does provide good protection although not as robust as Linux does.

You claim that UAC is not as “robust” as Linux (I assume you are talking about “sudo” in Linux). This isn’t true. UAC is basically doing what “sudo” on Linux does. Allowing a Windows user to elevate him/her self to Administrator, without having to be Administrator all the time.

Viruses – Viruses and other malware continue to be a constant headache for windows users. Combating viruses is not only time consuming, but also expensive when we talk about using Windows in a large scale production environment. Moreover, there is always a need to purchase expensive antivirus software with yearly subscriptions, punching additional holes in your pocket.

Linux on the other hand has significantly less number of viruses, so you are considerable less likely to get infected. In fact, I am yet to hear this from a friend or a fellow systems administrator, that they are using Linux, and that it has been infected! am sure most administrators or users  must have had a similar experience.

Linux does have malware. It is rare to actually get malware on Linux, but the same goes for a properly setup Windows computer with a user that uses common sense. Just because someone uses Windows does not mean that they will catch malware, nor is Windows typically easy to infect.

I would say 99% of all Windows infections nowadays are caused by the user allowing the malware to infect the system (e.g. running an infected program as Administrator, opening an e-mail attachment manually from an unknown e-mail, running random downloaded exe files from the Internet), not the malware just “getting in” by itself without accidental help from the user.

Also, malware for Linux can be just as dangerous as Windows malware. For example, someone writes a shell script for installing…say…a media player for Linux. Well “John Doe” (our average computer person we are using as an example) downloads and then runs the shell script, using setup instructions on the author’s website. The script informs John Doe that he needs to run the script as “root”.

John Doe then says to himself “I want to use this media player, so I’ll go ahead and login as root”. John Doe logs in as root, then executes the installer again (on Linux).  What John Doe does not realize is that the installer also contained malicious code to create a user account (for the hacker) as well as a small SSH service that allows the hacker to gain unauthorized entry into John Doe’s computer!

Now did Linux magically prevent the malware from infecting John Doe’s computer? Of course not! Neither would Windows, if that setup had been for Windows. Whether the installer had been for Windows or Linux, the malware would have needed the user to perform a risky move (running the setup as root on Linux) to infect John Doe’s computer.

Now not all malware requires the user letting it through, but I would say most of it does.

Quick Note:  Running something as “root” on Linux is the equivalent to running something as “Administrator” on Windows.

Also, FYI, it is extremely rare to catch a virus by just being connected to the Internet (that goes for Windows, Linux, or any other operating system).

Overall Security – Overall, I believe that Linux will always be much more secure than Windows operating system given the fact that its open-source. It would interest you to know that there is something called as the ‘Linus Law’ – named after the creator of the Linux kernel Linus Torvalds , which states :

“given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow”

That quote is really a myth. If anything, there would be so much code (like in the Linux kernel) that no one could constantly go through all of the code to make sure that no “monkey wrenches” have been thrown into the works.


Not to mention all of the Android malware that exists!  Remember Android (which is what I use on my phone) is Linux, and being Linux has not stopped malware from infecting people’s phones.

Here is a list of Android malware out there now:  http://forensics.spreitzenbarth.de/android-malware/

Technically any Android malware *is* Linux malware.  I suspect a lot of Linux users have never thought of it that way before. Basically Android having malware completely disproves Linux being “inherently secure” (who started that myth anyway?).

Now I am not saying that Android malware will magically work on a CentOS web server, nor am I saying to just forget using Linux.  What I am pointing out is that Linux does indeed have malware, and saying that it doesn’t is false.

Also, my Windows server has been semi-frequently targeted for the ShellShocker vulnerabilities (even this late in 2015). This tells me that there must be Linux systems out there still vulnerable to ShellShocker, otherwise the attackers would not bother anymore. At least since my server I use runs Windows, I am not vulnerable to the ShellShocker vulnerabilities.

In simple terms it means given a large number of developers and beta testers, every problem will be identified quickly and that the solution of that problem will be obvious to someone. I completely agree with this.

I respect your opinion, but I respectfully disagree. There would be so much code (like in the Linux kernel) that no one could constantly go through all of the code all the time.

Think about it.  Someone sneaks in a little bit of malicious code (say…inside a large open source project) that deletes *all* the user’s data (does not require root privileges). Now unless someone is constantly going over all of the source code for that project, they may very well miss the malicious code. It just takes it happening one time in a large open source project to cause a large mess that would be very hard to clean up!

Also, there really is no hard evidence for “open source  ==  more secure”. Neither is there hard evidence for “closed / proprietary ==  more secure”  either.


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What Does the Bible Say About Being Alone?

Deuteronomy 31:6   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

 

Psalm 27   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.


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What Does the Bible Say About Being Afraid?

Psalm 56   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For the choir director; according to Jonath elem rehokim. A Mikhtam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me;
Fighting all day long he oppresses me.
My foes have trampled upon me all day long,
For they are many who fight proudly against me.
When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me?
All day long they distort my words;
All their thoughts are against me for evil.
They attack, they lurk,
They watch my steps,
As they have waited to take my life.
Because of wickedness, cast them forth,
In anger put down the peoples, O God!

You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?
Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call;
This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
In the Lord, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Your vows are binding upon me, O God;
I will render thank offerings to You.
For You have delivered my soul from death,
Indeed my feet from stumbling,
So that I may walk before God
In the light of the living.

 

Psalm 91   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
“With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”


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