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May 9, 2020 at 22:36:45
Specs: Windows 10, i3 / 16gb
I would like to use LibreOffice. I see documents online stating that open source software is not that safe and is getting worse. Should I trust an OS community in order to not have a vulnerability in my system. I always believed it was safer but am not sure after reading, especially other smaller OS companies

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May 10, 2020 at 01:41:24
I use Softpedia for all my downloads.

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May 10, 2020 at 01:50:52
Use Unchecky to help prevent third party installs. Nothing is perfect, the badies are always ahead of the goodies, so be vigilant.

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May 10, 2020 at 04:07:26
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Libreoffice is likely not much less secure than any other office suite, and it's been around quite some time (it's roots go back to Sun/Oracle Star Office from long ago):

Like any other suite, they address vulnerabilities when discovered:

If you're thinking of using the latest version, best to go to the source for any download:

Or if you just want to "give it a spin", use the Portable (USB) version which doesn't write entries into the registry:

As mentioned, make sure during installation that it doesn't try to sneak in anything else on install (Google Chrome seems to be a common install from previous versions I've used).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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May 10, 2020 at 04:24:03
With any software installations, use the manual/custom option - not the proffered/default option. That way you can watch for all those prechecked boxes which can often allow all manner of stuff to installed (prechecked for your convenience...!); and uncheck them all - apart from those you want.

And maybe make a restore point prior to a software installation...

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May 10, 2020 at 14:02:47
I've been using Libre Office for a year or more; and it's a perfect alternative to the dreaded M$-expensive Office suite. I pair it with Thunderbird and that again isa perfect replacement for Office/Outlook. (Libre Office has no email client app.)

My only issue is that on Macs LO seems a little slow to load - as Mac OS X (Catalina at least) goes through the verifying the software each time it's opened. Otherwise it's perfect...

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May 17, 2020 at 19:54:53
great! So I shouldn't be suspicious about this freeware in my system right? as long as The Document Foundation doesn't have a way to view your files which I don't expect.

I did read this though. Don't really know what it means

Warning about installing LibreOffice:

When I heard about LibreOffice I immediately reacted positively. Free and open software. After been using Open Office for years I have become more and more skeptical to Oracle and the huge company's "takeover". One month ago I installed LibreOffice. Since then L.O. has been my first choice.

Because of former problems with spyware I am very focused on security. Due to that I focuses on the details in my firewall, Comodo. A few days ago I wanted to make another control of which files are registered as Trusted files in Comodo's section Defense +. A database of "safe executable s". After hundreds of programs installed I have got 60 files registered as safe. Until i installed LibreOffice. Then the number of files has more than doubled! The installer of Open Office added 4 files on this important list. LibreOffice more than 60! (No other software or co. has registered more than four lines on that list) Everything mixed. Due to that I had to spend a long time deleting... Now finally LibreOffice has been removed and my important database over safe applications are possible to use/understand/read.

So if you are conserned about security and control by your self; don't install LibreOffice at this stage!
one reply - "Indeed, Comodo has been reported many times here for being very touchy with OOo. It's not really a reference for a good security application. Perhaps it's really good (no idea at all) but the fact is that it doesn't even recognize OOo! Perhaps LibO devs have made some changes so that it's definitively trusted by Comodo. I would not distrust an open source application like OOo/LibO on the sole report of a Windows security application."

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