Encryption

Finding a website host: how to search successfully

If you want to release a new web project today, you need to find the right host. Hosts have become a popular alternative for large companies, since they enable convenient outsourcing of certain work areas or data, saving company resources. But how do you know which host and which hosting package best meets your needs? And why is the provider’s security concept such a crucial criterion nowadays? [...]  

Comparison of the best antivirus programmes

Antivirus programmes have become essential for the security of our computers. Viruses, worms, trojans, and many other types of malware threaten to infect the system and cause considerable damage. Losing personal data and the consequences resulting from this can be extremely irritating. Software manufacturers are trying to combat malicious malware attacks with the help of intelligent antivirus programmes. In our overview, we introduce the well-known antivirus products and provide detailed information about what to consider when choosing antivirus software. [...]  

What is a VPN (virtual private network)?

VPN implementations offer an affordable alternative for locally connecting networks, as well as making network resources available for external devices. In contrast to corporate networks, no private communication network is required. Instead, like the internet, VPNs rely on networks, and protect sensitive data through a process known as tunneling. [...]  

Chrome 56: changes to make the web safer

For two years now, Google has been actively promoting SSL encryption for websites. The search engine giant started acknowledging data transfer protection as a ranking factor in 2014, but now wants to go one step further. Users of Google’s browser, Chrome, will soon be actively warned about websites with unsafe data exchanges. This articles explains what the planned changes are and which consequences they have for the user and website operators. [...]  

Protecting your e-mail address: how to do it

Spam robots, so-called harvesters, consistently search the internet for e-mail addresses that can be used for unlawful advertising, phishing e-mails, and spreading viruses, worms, and Trojans. You’re recommended to have your contact details on your website, but how do you stop them from being misused? This article gives you advice on how to protect your e-mail address. [...]  

Man-in-the-middle attack: an overview of attack patterns

A man-in-the-middle attack is a deceitful espionage attack which aims to listen, record, or manipulate sensitive data being sent between unsuspecting internet users. To do this, hackers rely on methods that enable them to position themselves, unnoticed, between two or more computers communicating with one another. We introduce you to some well-known attack patterns and countermeasures that can be taken against them for your protection. [...]  

FileZilla: tutorial for the FTP client program

FileZilla is considered to be the standard in software for transferring data between locally connected computers and online servers. The network protocol is able to transfer via FTP and its encrypted variants, SFTP and FTPS. We’ve created an overview of the client program’s features and break down the details of this program from installation to data transfer. [...]  

Brute force attack: definition and protective measures

Being constantly faced with headlines about stolen passwords, it’s understandable that many users are concerned. Your best bet is to make your passwords as complicated as possible and have them consist of many different types of characters. But even this won’t help if it’s the actual log-in area that isn’t secure enough. Even today, attackers are still successful with the notorious and simple brute force method. [...]  

What is a demilitarized zone?

Companies hosting their own websites, an online shop, or e-mail inboxes should make sure to separate the corresponding server of these from the local network. This makes it possible to protect devices within the company network from hacker attacks that take place on public networks. Solid protection comes in the form of a demilitarized zone, which separates endangered systems from sensitive network areas. [...]  

Hardware firewall: the more stable firewall solution

Most computer users are at least aware of the term firewall. When activated, they help protect computers. But notifications about blocked applications can become a source of irritation for many users, especially when the background information for such messages is unknown. But how do firewalls work? And what role do hardware firewalls play in protecting your computer? [...]