Internet Security is defined as set of rules, regulations and measures established against attacks over the Internet. Internet Security is also known as Cyber Security. It is a branch of Computer Security specifically related to the use of Internet, browser security, network security, internet applications, operating system and the World Wide Web.
1. It educates on how to protect our sensitive data.
2. It helps to know measures to take to securing our computers.
3. It helps to prevent attacks on your personal computers and devices.
4. It helps to know how viruses and Trojans affect our computing devices.
5. It helps to learn about social media security.
6. It creates job opportunity.
7. It can serve as a source of self-employment.
8. It prevents users from unauthorized access to our networks.
The use of Internet has increased recently and because of the ever increasing needs, threats to computer systems are also increasing which has prompted measures such as internet Security or Cyber security.
The Key Internet attacks on individuals and organisations are:
1. Identity Theft,
2. Cookies Spying,
4. Device Intrusion,
5. Domain Spoofing,
6. Email Spoofing,
7. Spread of Viruses,
8. Spread of Malwares,
9. Social Engineering,
10. Poison Filters
11. Spamming etc.
Identity theft: This is an attack that is targeted to steal valuable user's information. When Identity of customers in organisation are lost or stolen, it leads to loss of reputation of that organisation. Identity theft is one of the most popular method used by hackers in recent years to steal valuable information such as:
5. Credit Cards etc.
Cookies Spying: This is known as stealing of cookies information or data of users. Cookies are files which hold small amount of data, particularly specific to a website and it stores username, password and session which are temporary and can be deleted at any time. We have these types: Session, Permanent and Third-party cookies.
Phishing: This is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity or impersonating an organzation in an electronic communication. One of the ways in which phishing can be detected is: fake URL, bad grammar, suspicious links in email, poor spelling etc.
Spamming: is sending unsolicited emails to bulk email accounts and in general contains advertising about counterfiet or zero product or services. The real problem is that they can contain malwares that can damage or extract users data. Some of the techniques used by spammers are: domain spoofing, poising filter, junk tags etc.
In other to have a safe and cookie free browser it is necessary to always keep the browser you are using up to date, clear every cookies after use, stop allowing pop-ups to add cookies to your computer.
It is also advisable not to use auto-save options on your browser expecially when you are using a general or public computer. And for children's cyber crime protection, it is advisable for parents to regulate and check at their kids, the social media is now becoming are avenue for Internet fraudsters to easily get details of both adults and kids.
The main aim and objectives of Internet Security is to establish rules and measures in order to prevent or reduce internet fraud and theft.
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