5 Things To Do To Reinforce Your Security Layer


Online Security: 5 Things To Do To Reinforce Your Security Layer

by Ashok | 27-Nov-2015

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Of all the speculation buzzing about how secure you really are on the menacing web, unless it be for a lucrative online organisation, there is negligible heed to pay for a regular home user. So what's the rash about all the comprehensive security solutions? read on to find out.

With due consideration, this is a little-to-keep guide focused on browsing the web securely from a regular user's perspective.

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1. The Devilry of a compromised Web Browser


  • on a customary record, the means of communication between a single party and the massive web network is a web browser essentially. if the web browser is manipulated to perform notorious things, then the whole line of defense is at stake (or better yet, 'compromised'). for reinforced functionality, browsers put use of extensions and plugins (in multitude) installed from varied sources.
  • if there are any malicious programs integrated into your daily-driver-browser, chances are, your data might be in unsafe hands.
  • as for the norm, head to extensions, plugins pages inside the browser and verify their legitimacy.
  • as for the speculation of malicious entries, Google any suspicious entries and comply.

  • Installing trustworthy extensions from trustworthy sources always adds to your arsenal.

-a compromised Browser is like fighting a battle destined for defeat. 


2. The Entrusted Security Software



  • Most of all, in the common cynical society, it's assumed that security comes in one pack called security solution (the word 'Solution' adds charm to it).
  • for starters who don't naturally understand the dos and don'ts of internet etiquette, an installed security-software just trims the fear.
  • Plenty of security software are available online for a wide range of devices, find and install the merited one peruse. However, don't stray from the fact that 'Security is Obscurity'.

-Security is Obscurity



3. Zero-day Attacks


Spoiler: This is not a mitigation method and nothing much can be done about contingency planning here.


  • a zero day attack is the exploitation done through security holes in a software yet unknown to its vendor.
  • The hackers see through the vulnerability and exploit it before the vendor even becomes aware of it and hurries to fix them through security patches.
  • Since it's an yet-to-be discovered exploit, the counter measures are often undefined, helpless and impotent.
  • Protection against zero-day attacks for a regular user means relying on security patches supplicated from security vendors. whereas, for an online organisation, it means relying on colocation. Big time!
  • Vulnerabilities do exist in the most secure of software. so, don't go patting yourself just because you are a sucker of legitimate software.

-We had no defenses for a zero-day exploit



4. The Compromised Operating System


Not applicable to Linux and Mac users as they are literally secure.


  • For those of you using a PC, it befits us to question the contemporary status of its security.
  • Microsoft's Windows being a colossal target for hackers all over the planet for devilry, Windows users are the most wretched in contrast to linux's.
  • However, as simple as it sounds, any evil has to headway at startup. So, auditing the startup programs using merited utilities such as MSConfig, Task Scheduler, Services, CCleaner etc should pacify and offset any evil.


     Startup Audits:


  • Any malicious program is only effective if it is able to stay infected on the computer as long as possible by automatically running when Windows is booted up. This can be easily done by writing code that adds a startup entry when the malware is first run.
  • Attempting to identify if a program that auto starts in Windows is good or bad may not be cake-walk as there are quite a few startup locations to look at and then you’ll need to analyse their legitimacy.
  • Use MSConfig, Task Scheduler, Services and Task Manager to identify malicious scripts/programs. 
  • if you are'nt tech-savvy, approach one or just Google the program's name to review it.
  • Here is a guide to assist you in identifying malicious programs in startup.

-you don't have to run me everytime to ditch you. i am clever enough to do that.


5. The 'secure' Protocol


  • Users get online each day in multitudes for varied services like commerce, banking, networking etc. establishing a security conduct for such cardinal tasks can mean lot more than just securing identity.
  • Most of the internet has already deployed HTTPS to privatize vendor-customer communication. this prevents MITM attacks (Eavesdropping).
  • this is just another addition to our security arsenal. but, not long before HTTPS sees its culmination, paving way for another Secure Protocol. the saga continues..

-It's rational survivability to encrypt in a way, neither your sister, nor the government can read it. 



Conclusion

Most of the online criticism you face can be dulled by observing common security practices. voice in your queries and feedback in the comments section.