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Knowing About Targeted Attacks

Cyberattacks are usually done with the aim to affect a large sum of people but targeted attacks are quite different. While the motive of hackers is same. I.e., cause harm to someone but they target single organization/company at a time. What are target attacks? Who are they targeting and what are the harms caused by such attacks? Knowing about any cyberattack is a step forward to prevent it. Even small pieces of knowledge can help you build up a plan in case of such targeted attacks. You can know about the basics by reading this article.

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Cyberattacks aren’t new, they are happening and increasing at an alarming rate. Anyone can be the victim of these malicious attackers, me, you or anyone who is their target. But that doesn’t mean you have to panic, instead you can prepare yourself for such situations and react accordingly. Trust me that’s the need of the hour and will help you a lot.

Targeted attacks:

You can call an attack a targeted attacks if it fulfills the three main criteria:

  1. Main aim of that attack is to infiltrate the networks of their target and steal sensitive information from their servers.
  2. These attacks are target specific and it seen that to carry out this attack considerable amount of time, efforts and resources have been spent.
  3. Targeted attacks are persistent where attackers show considerable effort so that the attacks continue unless their aim is fulfilled.

Is there any difference between cyberattacks and targeted attacks?

As mentioned earlier targeted attacks are actually very different from the cyberattacks. Here’s how you can differentiate between them.

When an attack is done with the intention of harming maximum number of people in a short time span they are cyber attacks but when the attack is targeted they have a narrow scope limiting their targets to one company or organization. All their work, effort and research is carried out to lure people into their trap and getting access to their network.

While cyber attacks are opportunistic, automated and indiscriminate, targeted attacks are purposeful, deliberate and persistent. Intention behind any cyber crime is to steal money like stealing bank details but when any targeted attack takes place it occurs with the main intent of stealing information, the secondary intent is to steal money. Also targeted attacks take place on specific targets having a strong unifying theme like from the same organization.

Who are the targets?

Who are under the radar of target attackers is a concerning question. They can probably target and attack the following:

  • Billing companies : Attackers targeting and attacking billing companies have the purpose of accessing into customer’s account and steal important information. These information consists of financial information, customer’s database and technical data too.

  • Banks : The cyber criminals attack banks’ server with the intention of accessing information and illegally transfer money from the customers’ bank accounts.

Damage caused by targeted attacks:

The victims of target attacks can either be a whole company/organization or some employees of a company/organization in the following ways:

Effect on company:

  • Loss of customer’s information can be one of the damages caused by targeted attacks. Hackers break into the information database of the company and steal customer’s personal information which can be used for identity theft, extortion and blackmail.
  • Company’s reputation will be tarnished because of such attacks. Everyone will see the company incapable of being trusted with sensitive data important to their customers or related to national security.
  • Targeted attacks can cause financial loss too as they might lose clients or have to pay a lot because of legal troubles. Not just this but to repair all the damage caused by the attacks and for future investments companies have to pay big loads of money.
  • Target attacks can be very disrupting for any business and makes them unable to perform even their basic tasks. They either divert the manpower to deal with the attack and cause delay or cause a system downtime.

Effect on company’s employees:

  • Not just the company’s reputation but the employees’ reputation is at stake too. These attacks can also tarnish the reputation on any employee. Data breach results in stealing of important credentials and information that can be used in malicious ways to tarnish the image of employees.
  • Financial loss is very common when banking information of any employee is stolen.
  • Transferring funds from victim’s account is not the only way to steal money. Cyber criminals can use the stolen information of employees to blackmail them and extort money. If attacker’s aim is to steal/extort money then blackmailing is the most viable option for them as there’s no guarantee of getting your information back or destroyed by them. They can blackmail the victim as long as they are getting the money.
  • When cyber-attackers steal information or commit data breach they steal all the significant information and personal identity information. This includes your full name, phone numbers, address, banking details and other important information. This can lead to identity theft.
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Why Cybercrimes Are Spreading Like Forest Fire?

Cybercrimes are becoming the new normal. Everyday you wake up to almost a new case of scam, fraud, theft and what not? No, this should not be the new normal! If someones asks me what can we do about it, the answer is, “Educate yourself about cybercrimes as much as you can”. Because by the means of education you can fight back against these crimes and criminals.

One of the most important questions to be raised is, “why there is a hike in the rate of cybercrimes”? the root of the problem will give you the solution. If we work on this principle then it can be a step forward in flattening this crime curve. What kind of cybercrimes are rising and why is the main concern of this article. Let’s begin with the first concern, I.e. the types of cybercrimes rising this year.

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Cybercrimes:

Criminal activities targeting or using computers by using a computer network or networked device is termed as a cybercrime. Most of the cybercrimes are committed by the hackers with the intention of stealing money from net users. But some of the cybercrimes are carried by individuals or even organizations.

The main aim of cybercrime is to steal personal information of users, commit crimes and extort money from them. Sometimes the aim can also be other than that like fulfilling any political or personal agenda. A lot of hackers use advanced techniques and are technically skilled. Such crimes are mostly organized.

There are different types of cybercrimes you must have heard about, mentioned here:

  • Identity theft : People using internet for cash transactions and banking services are under the target of cyber attackers. Hackers get unauthorized access to your system and steal important information about you like bank account details, credit and debit card numbers etc. And transfer money from your account or buy things online in the victim’s name. By stealing your identity such criminals can cause you financial loss.

  • Hacking : Hacking is one of the most common cybercrimes committed by hackers for accessing into the system of their victim and steal their credentials and sensitive information by using a variety f softwares. Government systems are usually targeted by the hackers so that they can gain notoriety.

  • Illegal selling on dark web : When hackers steal your information they can sell it to third party on dark web. Besides victim’s information other illegal things like drugs, weapons etc are sold here and the transaction takes place via cryptocurrency. Millions of users around the world are selling and buying illegal stuff on dark web.

  • Computer vandalism : In order to disrupt businesses computer vandalism is used where attackers damage computers and their data. Malicious programs are designed for performing harmful tasks like extracting login information, erasing hard drives and more.

Reason behind increased cybercrime:

  • Doing their research : Nowadays cybercriminals have become smart as they are doing research about their potential targets. They try to gain as much information as possible about the victim. Publicly available data from social media is a big help for them.

  • Cybercrimes can be operated from anywhere : Thanks to the easily accessible internet, cybercrimes can be operated from almost anywhere. To operate without any difficulty criminals are working in countries with limited digital crime laws or only lax enforcement standards. It’s a comfort zone for any criminal to work in a place with lower risk of being caught.

  • Art of being patient and persistent : Thinking that all the attackers are impatient when it comes to scamming people is not true in every case. Now that they have grown smarter they have learned the art of being patient and persistent. They know that having patience can be beneficial to them. Data breaches can take weeks to be discovered and that time is used by the attackers to spread malware to maximum users and stealing their data without being caught. Persistent criminals start by gathering information from social media platforms and then use it for extracting important information.

  • Evolving scams : Scams are evolving with the scammers at an alarming rate. They know old schemes won’t work on most of the users so they have evolved their techniques. Touch screens have become really popular amongst the present population. Scammers came with the plan to created digitalized dust particles or hair follicles. They appear on your phone/computer/laptop screen, you swipe it and in that moment a malware is installed on your system.

  • Targeting maximum people at a time : Because of email facility targeting bulk of people at a time isn’t a big task for scammers. Nowadays everyone is receiving mails with attachments looking from any legitimate organization. All you have to do is click open the attachment and your system is infected. Sending mails is an easy option is cheap and you can send it in bulk at a times
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Need For Parential Security

“The prime duty of every parent is to protect their children from any sort of problem and wrongs” is the unspoken rule followed by almost every parent on this entire planet. Just because we have more knowledge in the filed of tech doesn’t make us smarter than our parents! You may think what can go wrong on the internet but what you don’t know is not everything is 100% safe. Nowadays crimes against children are rising and cyber crimes are one of the contributing factors. Being tech savy doesn’t make you invisible in the eyes of the cyber attacker.

There are many young children using internet for many purposes, be it studying or online gaming, internet is used everywhere. Hackers know how vulnerable kids are and can target them. How can you save your kid(s) from the evils of internet and cyberattackers? Parental security comes into the picture here and is surely a good option for parents who want to protect their kid(s) from the potential cyberattacks and lifestyle issues. If you think why you should have parental control then there are many reasons for that mentioned in this article.

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Reasons for having parental control :

  • To prevent cyber bullying : Unfortunately bullying was and is still prevalent in our world even if the bully is using different means to target and bully their victims. The impact of bullying has a long lasting effect on the victims and it should be stopped. Trolling people is very common and considered sarcastic these days. While joking about some not so serious matter may sound okay but people often comment on the lifestyle, physical features and other not so funny aspects, which should be totally called out. Thanks to the internet such trollers and bullies can stay anonymous and make people feel bad about themselves. Comments on pictures/videos, chat messages or status updates can bully your child. Having parental control in this situation is in fact helpful. You can talk to your kids and get them out of this trauma and even teach them how to react in such situations.
  • Safety while browsing the net : You know it isn’t uncommon when parents tell their children something and they still do it. I mean they are kids for a reason. Anyways when parents teach them about the essentials of internet security they can still be unsure about how much they have actually understood. If they didn’t get your point, they are still vulnerable and a potential target for cyber attackers. Here you can use a parental control software for keeping an eye on the websites visited by your kid(s). you can then have the right type of conversation with them or you can even block the sites which seem like a threat for your kid.
  • Controlling even when you’re away from your children : It may sound interfering to some but it isn’t. knowing what your child is doing on the internet is not for the parents but for their kid(s). Their child can become a bully or the target of a bully which is equally wrong in either case. There are many times when you are out of town or your kid is at his/her friend’s/cousins’ home for a sleepover. You can’t be physically present everywhere. But you can still keep an eye on their internet usage and activities by having a parental control software. Stopping your kids from committing anything wrong and having the right kind of talk about is very much needed nowadays.
  • Multiple browsers : By blocking one browser you think your child is now safe? Well you might actually know this but ignored the fact that there is more than one browser. You can block sites from one browser but not the curiosity of your kid. If they want they can use other browsers, visit sites they aren’t supposed to, downloading malware and infecting their system. In many cases they become the vector and spread the malware to the systems of their contacts too. Right kind of talk is again important but with that taking strict actions is a must. By having parental control you can keep in check which ever browser your kid is using and the sites he/she is visiting.
  • Online gaming : Online gaming has slowly taken place of actual games in our lives. Gone are the days when kids used to go out, run and ride bicycles. Now the platform of online gaming has become quite an addiction for the youth. Playing games for a while and once/twice may seem normal but nowadays it has started taking toll on the health and social life of kids. Not just this but on such platforms hackers can easily befriend kids, ask about their personal details and phish them. You ca protect your kid from that by having parental control. You can monitor their gaming activities and tell them about the wrongs of overusing the platform.
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Knowing About Adware

You are working on your PC or laptop and suddenly pop ups start to fill your main screen. Annoying, right? Then it starts annoying you more by redirecting you to some pages without your consent. You try to close those windows but these pop ups and redirecting to different pages goes on and on. Why is it happening? The most probable answer is adware. Money or revenue generated by unbidden ads attract adware to your systems.

To get rid of your problems you must know the problem. Knowing about the basics of adware is a must. What is adware and what are its symptoms? How to detect adware? are really important questions and you should know their answer. Let’s have a look at this article.

What is adware?

Adware or advertising-supported software is a type of malware that displays unwanted advertisements on your PC or laptop. When any user unintentionally tries to install any legit application bundled with adware, the adware gets activated and infects your system. Adware is not always dangerous, but sometimes these pop ups collect personal information to target users with customized advertisements. They can also direct you to infected pages and malicious websites through various infected links. These types of malware can put your PC security at risk. The advertisements generated by adware can be in forms of some unclosable window or pop ups.

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How to identify adware?

You can spot adware in your system by noticing the following symptoms :

  • Your system will slow down or shut down at any instant.
  • Whenever you’ll visit any trustworthy and reputed website, you’ll get redirected to some suspicious website or there will be tons and tons of intrusive advertisements.
  • The home page of your browser is changed unexpectedly.
  • Searches direct you to search engine result pages of unfamiliar sites.
  • Pop-up advertisements will warn you about computer virus and it needs a critical update.
  • You can see new extension and icons on your browser’s toolbar.

How does your device gets infected with adware?

There are two ways in which your device can get infected with adware:

  • The first way is when you visit any unsecure website or a website that is infected as well. Such websites carry adware that uses a vulnerability of your browser and then download and install themselves onto your device.

  • The second way is when you install the adware yourself. Yes, it is possible that you have installed it but not with the intention of infecting your system, obviously! You sometimes download any free software which can be secretly monetized with revenue that is earned via adware which accompanies this installation.

Types of adware:

  • Legitimate applications : This type of adware allows you to give consent to advertisements and software promos, offsetting costs by offering their software for free. Obviously the free product attracts your attention and you will download this type of adware. This adware is created by all types of developers, even the reputed ones. It is an ethical, legal and valid way of giving free products to the customers. Still not all the downloads are consensual and here legal lines come into play.

  • Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) : PUA includes any program that you might not even have chosen to install to your device. Such apps are also known as Potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). this type of adware can either be totally harmless or totally malicious and illegal. It totally depends on the goals of software and intention of the distributor. 

  • Legal deceptive adware PUA : Such softwares can make it tricky to output of installing harmless third-party software. This method is sometimes used by the legitimate adware. If the creator hasn’t knowingly installed any malware tainted software or ads then it is legal. But in some cases adware might unknowingly deliver malware to devices.

  • Legal abusive adware PUA : This kind of software is designed for bombarding you with advertisements to abuse sponsorship payouts. There can be excessive ads in packaged software via internet browser toolbars, in adware itself or by other means. In such types of adware ads for different things like fitness pills, clothing or even pornography will appear often. This adware is legal at your expense, without any malware.

  • Illegal malicious adware PUA : Such types of softwares earn profits from third-parties that are distributing different types malicious software like virus, spyware and other malicious infections onto user’s devices. This kind of malware can be intentionally masked within the websites it advertises, in accompanying software or even the adware itself. The creator and distributor of such adware (threat) spread it knowingly and even use abusive methods for accomplishing their goal.
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How To Be Secure On The Internet?

Internet availability is a boon and bane at the same time. We all know how internet is useful in many different ways. From school studies to national security everything has something to do with internet. One cannot deny that internet has proved itself to be a blessing for almost everyone. But as we all know, a coin has two sides. If one side of this coin is showing all the benefits of internet, the other side is showing the dark and unsafe side of it.

Internet is not as safe as it looks. Hacking, phishing scams, online fraud and other harms are increasing every then and now because of the internet. No one can deny the the fact that internet security needs to be raised so that you won’t become the next victim of any cyber attack. How to be safe is the matter of everyone’s concern and here are some tips for you all to keep yourself safe from the dark side of internet.

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Tips for increasing internet security

  • Safe browsing : There is no harm in admitting that sometimes people get tempted bu dubious content. The minute they let their guard down for searching about they can fall into the trap of hackers. Hackers are smart enough to use such dubious content as a bait and lure the users. You are one click away from losing important information to cyber attackers or getting your system infected. So here’s a tip, try practising safe browsing. Stay away from such content and save yourself from the harms.

  • Using a secure VPN connection: Whenever you use public Wi-Fi, it is obvious that your device is not secure. Hackers can easily access into your devices and steal your credentials. You can save yourself from such cyber attacks by securing your device and try not to give your personal information while using unsecured Wi-Fi connection. You can use a secure VPN connection for safe internet browsing. It will build a secure connection between your device and the internet so that no one can have access to your data that you are exchanging.

  • Keeping your personal information to yourself: Not everyone (potential customers or employers) need to know about your personal details like your home address, relationship status etc. Some information like your contact info and professional background can be shared. But always remember, do no, I repeat, do not share your personal information with strangers and on any social media website.

  • Maintaining your privacy settings: You can and you should take charge of your information. Don’t let hackers steal it away from you. There are privacy settings available on your social media accounts and it is because of a reason – enhancing privacy. Marketers are usually interested in your personal information but so are the hackers. Sometimes you can’t find these settings because of marketers want to have your personal information and use it for marketing value. Enable your privacy setting and keep it that way for a secure internet experience.

  • Have a look on your downloads : The main aim of hackers is to make you download malware into your system. For hackers, infecting your system is a way to your PC. Malware can go undetected into your system by disguising themselves like any application, anything from a game to check the data traffic or even the weather. So here’s one good advice, don’t download anything from unknown and unreliable sites and make sure the apps you are downloading don’t look suspicious.

  • Whatever you post, post it carefully : If you post anything, don’t find it appropriate and delete it, does that mean your post is gone forever? Unfortunately the answer is no. People can make ‘n’ number of copies of any post they want and our post can’t be deleted completely even after deleting the original one. All of us have posted or still post embarrassing pictures/videos, make mean or funny remarks about anything and other things too. But is it really necessary to literally put each and everything about yourself on the internet? Even after knowing the risks of cyberattacks people post and share important information even with strangers. The only way to keep yourself safe in this situation is, DON’T POST EVERYTHING ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS!

  • Pick strong passwords : It is a very common thing that people use same passwords for different social media accounts. You know what that means? Apart from showing that we are a lazy species of homo sapiens, we are pretty much risking our PC security. Hackers can break into all of your accounts because of the same passwords and steal all the important information, hack your system, infect it and even send malware to your contacts. So the smart decision is to create strong and unique passwords for your each and every account. Make sure that your password is at least 12 characters long with alphabets from both upper and lower case, special characters and numbers.
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Are kids safe on the internet?

In the time of pandemic children are dependent on online classes for their education but was it like that before too? Not the classes but the dependence of kids on their computers, phones, tablets, laptops and internet? We all know that the answer is yes. With the advancement in technology came a new wave of change. Children and their dependency on the internet is a concerning topic for every parent. Some of the parents actually don’t know what their kids are doing all day on their computers. Concerning, isn’t it?

Many of you don’t know but a lot of kids, especially teenagers have become the victims of cybercrime. Because of the availability of internet many teenagers have a social media profile and more than half of them are posting details of each and every activity, which may look cool (to them) but is very dangerous. Kids can be easily manipulated because they trust almost everyone very easily. So it is the duty of parents to look out for their kids. Parents should know what their kid is going through and how to keep them away from the impacts of cyber attacks. In this article we will discuss all about that.

Common cyber threats faced by children:

Out of all the age group of people the most vulnerable are children. You can easily get their attention, manipulate or lure them into scams and even before they realise it scammers’ work is done. So here are some of the cyber threats parents should look for:

  • Cyberbullying: There used to be days when bullies would meet you face to face and do what they are best at, bullying! But now you don’t have to go out for meting any bully, all thanks to the internet. Cyberbullying via internet is prevalent in today’s world and affects children as much as any form of bullying and one of the most challenging threats to deal with. Creating social media profiles at a very young age is one of the reasons of cyber bullying. You don’t have to stop them once they are older and smarter.
  • Online scams: If you are thinking only adults are on the target list of scammers then you are wrong. Even children are vulnerable to scams. Scamming children is relatively easy. Advertisements offering anything on a very cheap price or sometimes for free, claiming that they have won a lottery or any prize and asking for personal information in return. When adults can fall for such scams what can we expect from kids?
  • Chat room friends: Finding children is easier nowadays as attackers can enter chat rooms or find their accounts on social media. Once the attacker has found its target, he/she will try to befriend them, pretend to be of the same age and meet up at some point. Making fake social media account isn’t rocket science. Anyone can make it and use it for scamming others.
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How to prevent kids from cybercrimes?

Here are some tips you can use for keeping your kids safe online:

  • Increase awareness: Basic understanding of PC security as well as cyberthreats (cyber bullying, scamming etc.) is really important. It is the work of parents to tell their kids about it and make sure that their kid understood that.
  • Protecting your PC: It is quite common that kids mistakenly click on ads and download malware on the system. What you can do is protect your system by updating it on regular basis or whenever the update is available. It will protect you and your family against scammers and other cyberthreats. It is important to secure your system to get financial security and to keep all your important information safe.
  • Protecting your kid’s identity: Protect your kid’s identity by explaining them to not give their personal details like full name, address, phone number or anything else to anyone. Do not share anything important with unknown people on social media platforms like Facebook, twitter, Whatsapp and email. Tell them about the harms of sharing information with strangers or sending any pictures on chat rooms.
  • Prevent cyber bullying: As mentioned before, bullying is prevalent in today’s world and affecting children a lot. It can happen anytime and anywhere. Tell them about the wrongs of cyber bullying how saying or posting anything mean about others can affect them and how immoral it is. Also make sure that if your kid ever faces any situation like that then they can tell you about it without hesitation. Be their friend and make sure they always tell you the truth.
  • Creating unique passwords: If your kid is using same password for every social media account then stop them right there. Using same password for every account is n open invitation for hackers to access your accounts and get all your personal information. Tell them to have different passwords for every account. They should not use any names but go for upper and lowercase letters, number as well as special characters.
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Internet Security | Types of Internet Threats & Its Prevention

In today’s fast-paced world, everything is going to digital. Lots of our daily activities are depending on the Internet. Work-related to Communication, entertainment, and financial is completed online instead of waiting for any physical interference. Lots of sensitive information/data are being shared on the Internet. But on the other side, the Internet is an insecure channel for information exchange.  However, Internet threats can damage your personal resources attach to the network. Those resources can be hardware, software, and communication lines. For that reason, Personal as well as Internet Security is a top priority to protect data from hackers & cyber-attacks.

What is meant by Internet Security?

Internet Security is a kind of process to protect your confidential data from different internet threats by creating rules and actions. Many organizations are more concerned about protection from cyber-attacks and malware programs. Basically, Internet security prevents attacks that mostly targeted on browsers, specific OS, and different applications. The main Purpose of Internet Security Software is to create various rules & regulations that can reduce attacks on the Internet.

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Types of internet security threats

  • Virus: Virus is like a computer program that is intentionally created to corrupt the files, applications, data, etc. of a computer. This is a kind of back door entry (from storage devices such as USB) without the user’s knowledge and mercilessly exploits the system. Many companies prefer the use of PC Cleaner which scans your System and removes Junk files and clean up these files and makes it faster instantly.
  • Spam: Spam is like unwanted messages in our email inbox. Generally, these are considered dangerous especially if it is part of a phishing attack. Spam mail includes links that will automatically install malicious software on your system if they’re clicked on.
  • Spyware, Trojans: Spywares are basically software when installed it secretly monitors Internet activity, monitors login credentials, and installs malicious software without the user’s concern. Trojans has also the same behavior. A downloaded application is counted as their source.
  • Phishing: Phishing attacks mostly attempt to gain confidential data like usernames, passwords, or credit card information. This attack begins with an email to gain sensitive info with user interaction. Clicking on a malicious link or downloading unknown attachment is the source of this attack.
  • Worm: Worm is similar to a computer virus. But in the case of the virus, it requires the spreading of infected host files whereas worms are standalone software and do not require to host the program.

Tips for prevention of Internet threats

You can use Internet Security Software to keep your data secure from different cyber-attacks. Also, there are some ways that you can follow for safety purposes.

  1. Teach cyber-security standards to your employees
  2. Use of firewall for a secure Internet connection.
  3. Always keep Backup of Important data/information
  4. Provide individual login to each person in the company.
  5. Change your password regularly.
  6. Secure your Wi-Fi network connection at the workplace.
  7. Control physical access to computers and other network components.
  8. Install Internet Security Software or antivirus software on every computer used in your business.
  9. Download and install software updates for your OS and applications as they become available.

Either you can follow the above steps for protection or you can go with Best Internet Security Software for the Advance level of protection. Sovoinc is the Best Internet Security Software Company in UK that offers different software tools to most of the organizations as well as personal use for the safety purpose of your device.