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I am very, very new to Linux. I am taken aback at how upon installing elementaryOS I was immediately hit with a series of "updates" to various functionalities.

How do I know these updates are safe? Or even what they did to my machine? How do I know there wasn't a MIM attack, or if my machine has been compromised with a keylogger or something? Is there a way to check whatever's going on my machine against some kind of "official" version?

Sorry if this is an idiot question, I am new to all of this but I hear you can do that with opensource stuff?

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Its not a dumb question, If the updates where done though the App Store it will be ok. you can also update via the command line if you feel it would be more secure. sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

hope this helps you

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Updates are provided by the repositories available on your system. The safety depends on multiple factors, a proper summary can be found here: https://askubuntu.com/questions/35629/are-ppas-safe-to-add-to-my-system-and-what-are-some-red-flags-to-watch-out-for

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