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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Desktop Security

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At present we all are coming across the  term "cyber security" , hacking etc etc for the multiple events cropping up at Indo-China Boarder.

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Today we will discuss about the desktop security and Why do you need to secure your Desktop?

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We have to provide enough security to our desktop because a desktop if used without proper security measure that could lead to compromise the system for illegal activities using the resources of such non-protected computers. These exploiters could be Virus, Trojans, Key loggers and sometimes real hackers. This may result in data theft, data loss, personal information compromise, stealing of credentials like passwords etc.
If the desktop is not protected then hackers may use it to trigger thousands of illicit e-mails which in turns will chock the network access.
There is another way hackers can take undue advantage of the desktop by doing shoulder surfing. This is when an unnoticed individual looks over your shoulder to obtain private information like your user name and password. The best possible counter measure is to hide the keyboard by body while providing the credentials.
If you know you are going to be away from your desk for an extended period of time during the work day; a good alternative to shutting down your system is locking your keyboard. On a Windows system this can be done by pressing and holding the key with the “flying window” (usually found next to the ‘Alt’ key on the right side of the keyboard) and then pressing the “L” key. This will lock the keyboard and blank the monitor screen until a valid password is entered.
Being aware of who is around you is the first line of defense for desktop computer users. Combine awareness, good password practices, and secure applications and users will have a security formula that makes them less likely to be hacked.

5 free security downloads every computer needs

If you’re looking for simple, effective ways to stay on top of cybersecurity, these five free downloads can help you protect your system from malware infection, secure your network and help you browse the web with peace of mind. Here’s what you need to install.
1.   Essential anti-malware software for PCs and Macs

Antimalware programs are essential for scanning and cleaning harmful files from your computer. As a freeware you can try Windows Defender and Malwarebytes
Windows Defender is designed by Microsoft to work with Windows 10 computers and comes with your PC by default. Because it works behind the scenes, there are no downloads or installation files to mess around with. Using the program, you can scan your computer for malware, quarantine malicious files and remove them with just a few clicks
In addition to performing background scans, this software automatically scans downloads, open programs and provides new Windows Update definitions so you can stay on top of spreading threats. Make sure you’re using the latest version. 
 As for Apple systems, macOS doesn’t have a stock equivalent like Windows Defender, but that doesn’t mean you should go without protection.
Malwarebytes for Mac is designed for speed and can scan your entire computer in as little as 30 seconds. It identifies and removes malicious files for you once the scan is complete — no extra work required on your end.
To get started, you have to download the free version from the website which is authenticate installer file will appear in your Downloads folder in the bottom right corner of your dock where all your program icons are found. Click the file to open it, and follow the directions that appear on-screen.
Malwarebytes will run you through the process of your first scan once you boot it up for the first time.
2.   Quad9 helps you optimize your network for security


Quad9 is a free, recursive, any-cast DNS platform that provides end users robust security protections, high-performance, and privacy
DNS is what’s responsible for directing you to specific websites when you type in a web address, as well as the reason why you don’t have to enter an IP address every time you want to visit a site. Your internet provider typically assigns your DNS settings automatically, but hackers can hijack these settings to redirect you to malicious websites.
Use a safer option: The Quad9 Domain Name System service is maintained by cybersecurity advocates at IBM and The Global Cyber Alliance. Every time you click on a web link, Quad9 will check the site against IBM X-Force’s threat intelligence database of over 40 billion analyzed webpages and images.
Quad9 works to protect you by blocking unauthorized DNS redirects right off the bat and can also protect your devices from cyber-attacks by blocking remote hosts as well.
All you need to do to use Quad9,  is edit the address into your DNS settings, so there are no additional programs to download.
3.    HTTPS Everywhere encrypts unsecured websites so they’re safe to visit

Are you familiar with “HTTPS?” This online marker shows if a website is properly encrypted for secure communication and appears as a lock icon in your address bar, as well as an “https://” in the web address itself.
Most websites these days use HTTPS to guard against hijacking and malicious hacking attempts, but not every site has made the switch.
Fortunately, the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension fixes this issue. It was created as a joint venture between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project. Using a bit of clever coding, it’s able to rewrite your web requests as HTTPS — even if the website you visit isn’t properly encrypted.
If you’re concerned about visiting an unknown or new website, HTTPS Everywhere can give you a bit more peace of mind. Just make sure to pair it with a good cybersecurity suite like the ones above for maximum protection.
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You can download the browser extension for the desktop versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Opera — and comes standard with Brave and Tor. For Android smartphones, download the mobile version for Firefox and try in the mobile version of Brave for iOS or Android.
4.    This keylogger check will show you if someone is spying on what you type

Keyloggers are devastating programs that can monitor the things you are typing and send them back to the hackers in control of them. This allows them to steal passwords, email addresses and other personal information with ease — all right under your nose.
To protect your PC against keyloggers, anti-keylogging software is your best bet. When it comes to free options, Ghostpresss offers good amount of features in one lightweight download. Not only does it scan for existing keylogging software on your computer, but it also runs active real-time keylogging protection.
This means that it’s running in the background while you type and will block any background attempts to record what you’re spelling out. It can even prevent remote screenshots from activating, which hackers sometimes use to capture passwords that have their characters blocked by apps.

5.    hard drive health checker will keep your system running smoothly

Ignoring warning signs of a failing hard drive can cost you a good deal of money and time.
To protect and monitor your hard drive, we recommend using a digital health checker like CrystalDisk for diagnostics. This program provides detailed readouts on the status of your storage system and can tell you when something is awry or unusual before the effects become obvious.
A good deal of the information you’ll get back from a hard drive health checker is difficult to interpret if you’re not an expert. The most important thing you need to check is your disk’s “SMART status.” SMART — which stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology — is how your disk reads its health back to you.
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As computers get more advanced, so do the threats we face on the web. Luckily, these programs can give you peace of mind while you surf the internet and can help your system last longer than it might have normally.