Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Digital Security Extends Beyond Antivirus Software

For a regular user of the computer, odds will favor they are aware of the threats being posed in the cyber world. Privacy intrusion, data theft, malware attacks, etc. are some of the well-known threats. However, where most users fall short on knowledge is of steps to control them. A recent study revealed that most users feel installing an antivirus software is a complete solution for their PC protection. However, the harsh truth is that a foolproof  digital security extends beyond antivirus software.

To understand it better, let us take an example of a local computer network controlled by a serval, the supplies internet connection. Also, each computer in the network (including server) is installed with a genuine and updated antivirus software. Now, one can say that all the computers are protected from malware attack. Still, if someone cracks into the network, there is a strong possibility that data during the transmission stage can be stolen. Additional threats of online attacks, such as- the phishing attack, are also ever existing. So, the conclusion is antivirus is not enough. A complete cyber protection demands more from digital security.

Now the question that we face is what is digital security. And the answer is too great to limit within words. Digital security is a multiple layers of protection over your PC usage. Digital security includes, but does not limit to, email filter, realtime web scanning, firewall setup, and authentic DNS redirection. All these along with a genuine software covers your PC for most of the attacks. But there are some other ways as well, where technical fixes might not work well.

Escaping email adware and phishing attack require more of a human judgment than a security software. Training with the mock testing is a method that companies are adopting to help their employees to stay safe online. Same could be used by individual users to inform their relatives and friends. At the same time, social media, and other communication channels hold strong challenges of privacy intrusions. For its protection, users must be guided and educated about the legal and ethical mediums of usage. All in all, we can conclude that digital security is the combination of both security software, like- antivirus software, firewall, etc. along with cyber education.

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