Reviewed October 6th, 2020
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Fedora Workstation

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Fedora is a Linux distribution that provides a secure, reliable, and user-friendly edition of Linux developed for desktops and laptops. Fedora comes with the GNOME desktop environment by default but allows you to install other desktop environments as well. The operating system can be downloaded for free from Fedora's website.

Breach History

Has there ever been a breach or data leak?


No known hacks or data breaches!


Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?


Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?


Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?


Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?


Does it have parental controls?


Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?


Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?


Does it require you to create a strong password?


Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?


Does it have a privacy policy?


How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?


Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?


Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?


Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?


Does it require a phone number to use?


Does it require an address (home or office) to use?


Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?


Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?


Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?


Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?


What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Virtually no risk. Fedora does not collect any personal information from you unless you create an account with them or participate in surveys, promotions, etc. Any information that is stored is not shared except for very specific circumstances described below. However, it is entirely possible to not provide Fedora with any information about yourself.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Fedora does not share any personal data collected from you unless you consent. However, personal data may be shared with third parties in limited circumstances, such as when required by law, in order to provide service, and for statistical research with aggregated data.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Secure, reliable operating system.
  • Highly customizable.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • May be too complex for some casual computer users.

Final Thoughts

It does not appear Fedora Workstation has ever suffered from any major data breaches. However, considering The Fedora Project barely collects information from its users, there would not be any information to share even if they were hacked. The Fedora operating system is very secure as well, and is a great choice for those looking for a more private operating system.

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