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Should I worry about compromised firmware when reinstalling an OS?

Basically yes, you're right to worry. However, it's not the garden variety adversary that has that kind of capabilities... Also more and more update mechanisms are protected by a signature check, and —...
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What prevents Windows from being as secure as Linux?

Windows did fix this. That claim on Wikipedia is based on an article written in 2005 (i.e, the days of Windows XP). Back then, it was pretty normal for users to run with full local admin rights (...
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Adguard adds adware like JavaScript code to each page render. What is it?

A quick skim-through of the code suggests to me that this script is part of AdGuard, used to implement their scriptlet filter list rules. The AdGuard documentation has this to say about scriptlets: ...
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BadUSB and external USB peripherals - is using a USB device in a sandbox a risk?

A virtual machine machine is not a silver bullet. There are VM escape attacks. But it's probably decent mitigation for "accidental" attacks. If your threat estimation calls for it, keep ...
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What prevents Windows from being as secure as Linux?

For many years, Microsoft had a very poor security model for their operating systems. They didn't design for security, but kind of tacked it on after the fact. Windows 95 (and prior) did not have any ...
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What prevents Windows from being as secure as Linux?

The point is not so much that Microsoft did not solve this. The point is that Windows users are/where used to being administrator all the time on their PC. If, on a Linux distribution, you would ...
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