A Look into the Future of Viruses and Online Security Threats

August 24, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

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Most of us may not care so much about online security as long as we have an antivirus software installed on our computers at home but this talk from Computeractive and David Emm from Kaspersky Labs share how the types of threats facing home users are changing overtime.

Among the highlights of the interview discusses the dangers of the internet—the types of dangers we encounter, how vulnerable we can be to those dangers and how we can go about protecting ourselves from such threats online including some tips on how we can safely secure our kids from unsolicited online information.

Here are some of the salient points covered.

The dangers of being on the internet and all the risks that are out there for computer users are not over hyped simply because online or offline, we are vulnerable of exposing ourselves from any risks if we will not take some necessary precaution.

Why should people pay for anti-virus software? According to David of Kaspersky, a whole range of technologies sets apart paid versions from free ones which only focus on the traditional antivirus and technology much wider than that can be obtained from paid products along with dedicated customer support. While free antivirus software may not offer free customer support however there are forums which can help users. I certainly do not agree that paid products are generally superior, some of them may be advanced in some ways but there are a lot of free antivirus softwares that really does a good job in providing computer security.

The biggest threat that we have online are Trojan horse programs—launches undesirable harmful operation when run which can normally harvest user identifiable information like email addresses, credit card numbers with most of them having key loggers built-in that monitors keyboard actions as we type.

And how do we counter Trojan programs than pretend to be security softwares? It’s important to know what your chosen security product is and if something comes up online that purport to be offering you protection, resist the temptation of downloading them. I couldn’t site anything more appropriate as an example for this than my post, “Is Free Antivirus Software No Good” which focuses on the utterly infomercial blog post generalizing that free antivirus softwares are crap with the blog author blaming it on free products.

What are false positives? False positives are cases when an antivirus software pick up and provide warning signs about a website or files which you know are safe. David said that these false positives cannot be eliminated perfectly. He advises that whenever you encounter such, send it in to the lab.

How do you protect your kids from unsolicited online information? Users should rely on technology and common sense. Assign user specific rights and password or take as far as using tamper proof solutions such as specialized software.

There are pretty much thousands of ways to protect ourselves from the threats of the web but vigilance is the key to everything. Watch the video for the complete details of the talk and share in the comments your ways of protecting yourself from online threats.

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