I have gotten more interested in esoteric literature where the easiest way to get it is to just go on the internet and read a PDF but I'm scared it'll be hosted on a dodgy site and my laptop will get it's shit fucked up. I run linux mint btw.
Is this is a justified fear? Can you trust PDF's?
>why would someone write a virus for an OS no one basically uses
even if no one uses it , I'm still massively paranoid that some fucker out there has probably done it.
> Also you can't write a virus into a .pdf extension
wat, what about safe view though? What is that supposed to protect you from if not malicous stuff?
These are some of the threats that PDFs can harbour. Actual viruses are pretty rare these days malware might have similar effects but they aren't technically viruses. Most of the threats rely on them being used in a well understood, known system, a standard Microsoft install. A linux install is typically far too unique for malware to be viable. Although with big name distros like mint or ubuntu it becomes marginally more viable.
A dodgy site is more likely to target your cross-platform browser and make it lock up than hosing your system.
>A dodgy site is more likely to target your cross-platform browser and make it lock up
What if you use noscript on firefox? I should basically be 100% fine, right? I don't really want my shit to lock up desu.
Noscript is good, it's not likely to lock up or cause any real harm, stop worrying senpai. Worry more about unleashing the unspeakable horrors of the unknown with your satanic esoteric literature desu.
Using noscript and adblock/ublock has made even the dodgiest sites navigable in my experience. If you reduce the web to basic html and css, then nothing is going to harm your computer. Of course if you're downloading pdfs, then that's a different story since downloading anything provides another unsafe vector.
I don't think you need to worry too much if you're using Linux anyway. Browsing sketchy sites always involves some risk and you just have to accept that. If you're so worried about it, then just go through safer sources like the avenues suggested in the sticky.
That being said, I don't understand how you can read entire books on an LCD screen. I can't stand pdfs.
I accidentally uninstalled windows 7 after fucking around with it and I'm too lazy to get it back since all I do is browse 4chan, listen to music and read anyway.
also because no one uses linux, so it's a pretty safe OS