Security

Windows 7: End of Life

Windows 7 end of support: What you need to do?

Even years after it was first released, Windows 7 continues to be one of the favourite operating systems worldwide. But with Microsoft announcing the end of its support for Windows 7, many PC users will need to upgrade or look for an alternative. But just because Windows 7 has reached the end of its life, doesn’t mean the software is no longer working. Windows 7 EOL means that Microsoft will no...

Comparison of the best antivirus programmes

Antivirus software: Which software is best?

Antivirus software has sadly become indispensable as new types of threats against your system emerge regularly. Viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and many other types of malware threaten to infect your system and could cause significant damage. To counteract these threats, software makers try to fight off malware attacks with intelligent antivirus programs. Find out which rank top in our antivirus...

StartTLS

StartTLS

StartTLS initiates encryption of an e-mail based on the TLS protocol. For this purpose, the server is pinged without encryption first of all, and StartTLS support is requested. The encryption method can be used when the answer is positive. StartTLS is handy, as e-mails are encrypted automatically once the method has been accepted. You don't need to contact a dedicated port, StartTLS can simply be...

DNS over TLS

DNS over TLS: an improved security concept

The Domain Name System has a big security flaw: requests and responses are traditionally sent unencrypted. This provides Internet criminals with an ideal point of attack. Again and again, users are being directed to websites that they actually have no desire to visit. DNS over TLS acts as a deterrent. How does the security concept work?

SQL injection: Fundamentals and safeguards

SQL Injection: Protect your database system

There are daily reports on how security gaps in applications are exploited – because hardly a day goes by without a new gap being discovered or a known gap being closed. One attack method, which has always been based on exploiting such weak points, is called SQL injection. But what is actually hidden behind the malicious database exploitation and how can you protect your database system from it?

Social engineering – the security gap at ‘layer 8’

Social engineering: human vulnerability exploited

The most effective system break-ins often happen without a scene. Instead of disrupting central network devices with DDoS attacks or sneaking through onto operating systems with Trojan horse techniques, hackers increasingly try to exploit the human security gap. There are various such methods that fall within the broader category of social engineering: a technique that sees hackers gather publicly...

Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP)

CTAP: A protocol for more security & convenience on the web

Try and imagine a world where you don’t have to memorise passwords: Thanks to FIDO2, this could soon become a reality. Authentication in online shops or for online banking can be done through a fingerprint or hardware token. The latter can communicate with laptops of PCs through a USB, NFC or Bluetooth. To enable conversations between two devices, FIDO2 uses the Client to Authenticator Protocol...

Zero-day exploit

Zero-day exploit: Explanation and protection measures

The risk for businesses to fall victim to a zero-day exploit has increased in recent years. More and more often, cybercriminals can take advantage of as-yet undiscovered weak points in business software in order to steal or manipulate data. It is difficult to protect against these attacks, but businesses can take some measures to improve their security.

What is a reverse proxy?

Reverse proxy server – core components in security architecture

Cyber criminality is a big issue for most companies’ IT departments. Online attacks threaten the security of private networks and cause millions of dollars of damage per year. Popular targets are servers that provide online services and therefore require a permanent internet connection. An extra layer of security can be applied by using an upstream network component – the reverse proxy. This...

Cloud Act

CLOUD Act vs. Data Privacy and Control

In its fight against terrorism and crime, the USA continues to add measures of protection, including the Patriot Act, Safe Harbor, Privacy Shield; and for over 16 months the US CLOUD Act. All these measures keep the debate on data protection and digital sovereignty alive, particularly for trade nations such as the UK.


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