Your cyber security must be as flexible and improvisational as the threats it aims to stop: hackers. These cyber thieves are opportunistic and relentless in their quest for personal information such as credit card and Social Security numbers, user names, and passwords. However, in recent years big leaps have been made in cyber security and how security firms adapt to threats that constantly seek out holes in security infrastructure. Here’s a look at the best cyber security tools on the market.
Antiviruses are the most essential software for cyber security. The best antiviruses monitor site you visit, files you download, and WiFi connections you use. When you put your computer, data, and personal information in the hands of a cyber security firm, you can’t get better than Kaspersky Laboratories. Kaspersky has a history of data mining for security anomalies, and has, more than once, broken the news about cyber attacks on financial institutions.
Just last year, in 2015, Kaspersky uncovered more details on the Carbanak hack that targeted banks in 30 different countries and stole over $1 billion. The Carbanak hack targeted the hard drives of ATM machines with a small, yet deadly piece of malware, however, with Kaspersky’s help the crisis was ended. Because of the dedication Kaspersky has to global cyber security, don’t you want them on your team as well?
The Carbanak hack wasn’t detected and dealt with for two full years after its attack. While you may feel as though this couldn’t happen to you, why take that risk? A world class antivirus can certainly prevent small time hacks, malware, and Trojan horses, but you can’t reduce your cyber security risk to zero while online. Lucky for you identity theft protection services, such as Lifelock, monitor your existing lines of credit, Social Security numbers, and in the event they are stolen, work with the credit unions and authorities to restore your identity and reputation.
A VPN shield is a lesser known cyber security tool, but it essentially makes your online activity impossible to track. Many websites, both malicious and friendly, track your computer as you surf the Web and pick up cookies, which in turn, let websites know where you’ve been before and what you did. A VPN shield like CyberGhost masks your IP address. You IP is a series of numbers that identifies your computer while online. VPN shields also encrypt your online activity and make it impossible for third party observers to access it while on an open wireless network that you may not trust.
While the days of Internet security were once confined to computers, mobile security, especially for Android devices, has become a concern. Viruses and malware have, in recent years, become more prevalent in the Android ecosystem, and with this danger so have mobile security apps.
With 360 Security, you get a 99.9 percent detection rate of malicious activity on your device. It’s also completely free, and is very light on your battery and CPU usage while it runs in the background. The newest version has integrated some stellar add-ons like a junk file cleaner, encryption, a battery conservation mode while the device is asleep, and even a memory booster that utilizes free RAM.