Security implications of online living

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By AdFeatures | Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 07:13

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Most people would not dream of going out and leaving their front door or windows open and unlocked. In fact, many of us have installed CCTV cameras and burglar alarms which are designed to ward off any unwelcome visitors.

Yet, whilst we take our home security very seriously it is surprising how many of us neglect to take the same precautions when using the Internet. The simple process of connecting to the World Wide Web exposes us to potential intrusions and maliciously motivated activity, with further online actions intensifying these risks.

When you connect to the Internet, whether from a desktop workstation over a high speed broadband link or through a mobile device using a 3G system, you are initiating a two-way street of communication. As such, your online presence is plainly visible to anyone who may be looking.

Anti-virus tools were originally developed to combat unsavoury programmes and pieces of code that could be transmitted from devices by the physical means of copying data from one machine to the other. Today, most of our inter-device connections are made over the Internet and Trojans, worms and boot sector infections can be loaded onto your equipment very much 'behind the scenes' during the simple act of web browsing. Even portable devices are at risk – making mobile anti virus software a priority for any Internet user.

A whole sector of software research and development has grown up around the issue, from the humble beginnings of blocking and removing dangers transmitted by disk to the current situation whereby huge databases of potential threats are updated on a daily basis. Kaspersky free antivirus downloads are one of the best known and most widely respected of their kind. A constantly updated system of defence and repair tools, these can help block possible dangers and remove offending programmes from infected devices.

Hackers who are interested in taking control of remote devices to carry out 'denial of access' attacks and the dangers posed by international criminal gangs are twin threats every Internet user should be aware of. All users are at risk and taking measures to prevent becoming a victim is essential.

In today's climate, anyone who does not take such action is foolishly exposing themselves to unnecessary risks. In the past it was assumed that, due to its large market share, it was only worthwhile trying to hack Microsoft machines and software. Nowadays, other operating systems are equally at risk and no area of Internet activity is safe from attack without first investing in online safety packages.

Kaspersky recognises that viral threats are now substantial on all types of devices, developing software specifically for Apple operating systems and portable devices through their mobile security and Kaspersky Mac antivirus programmes.

In conclusion, it is fair to say that as equipment and processes that we use on a daily basis become more sophisticated, so too do the threats and dangers posed against them. This makes it increasingly important to ensure sufficient safety precautions are made when accessing the Internet.

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