Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Internet security and the tools to safeguard against internet threats

Internet represents an insecure channel for exchanging information leading to a high risk of intrusion or frauds. Way back in 2003 McAfee started selling security suites that contain an eSuite of firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spyware.

Internet Security is a branch of computer security specifically related to the Internet, often involving browser security but also network security on a more general level as it applies to other applications or operating systems on a whole. Its objective is to establish rules and measures to use against attacks over the Internet.

Various type of malicious software's and cyber threats are growing on daily basis leading to increase vulnerability of business information in near future. Hackers can trick computer users to download the files or software that is embedded with malicious contents. These malicious software's comes in various forms like Viruses, Trojan horses, Malware, Adware, Spyware and computer worms. Purpose of such malicious software is to either gather unauthorized sensitive information or disrupt computer operation.

The number of reported US data breaches hit an all time high in 2016, increasing by more then 40% from what was a record high in 2015 according to a report from Identity Theft Resource Center. Identity theft accounted for 64% of all data breaches in first half of 2016 and its has been the number one type of data breach since 2013. 554 million records were lost or stolen in first half of 2016. Malicious outsiders accounted for the most breaches yet again. Best anti identity theft software's available in the market are LifeLock, Identity Force, Identity Guard.

Below Computer Security tools can safeguard you from various attacks on a daily basis:

Anti-Virus prevent, detect and fix malware infected files. Now a days antivirus programs are useful for preventing infections caused by many types of malwares, including worms, Trojan Horses, rootkits, spyware, keyloggers, ransomware and adware. 

Password Manager store your login information for all the websites you use and help you log into them automatically. They encrypt your password database with a master password – the master password is the only one you have to remember. Password manager will release you from the headache of remembering a long list of passwords. If you’re creating a new account, your password manager will offer to generate a secure random password for you, so you don’t have to think about that as well.

Internet Security Suite Guard your digital identity, secure your online communication, safeguard your sensitive financial transactions and stay away from spam and phishing emails with the reliable internet Security product Suite.

Firewall acts as a barrier between a trusted network and and an untrusted network. It can be hardware or software based to block all malicious attempt to hack your system.

Intrusion Detection System (IDS) help to pinpoint the source of the attack so that countermeasures may then be taken. An IDS is not limited to detection of attacks originating externally. IDS cannot detect attacks within encrypted traffic. It is more reactive in nature.

Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is a preemptive approach to network security used to identify potential threats and respond to them swiftly. intrusion prevention systems monitors network traffic like IDS and on top of that it has the ability to take immediate action, based on a set of rules established in it. It more proactive in nature.

Email Security is now becoming a basic need for everyone because of growing threat of hackers, viruses spam, phishing and identity theft, as well as the need to secure business information.
Email encryption technologies protect individual sensitive emails. Software such as OpenPGP allows to encrypt emails between the sender and recipient, to boost email security. 

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