Today’s online threats come in a variety of forms. They can be as mundane as a virus that attacks a particular program on your system. They can be as exotic as ransomware that locks all your information in return for money. Hackers and other malicious actors online target different parts of your computer system and Internet activity. Because of this, multilayered protection is a must.
What is multi-layered protection?
Multi-layered protection against online threats is essentially protecting your computer against Internet threats in all the forms they may take.
So you won’t only have the basic protection of your machine. You’ll get good quality Antivirus software to protect against threats. You’ll get good malware and spyware protection too and a firewall. You’ll protect your passwords. You’ll protect your credit card information by making sure your browser can recognize fake websites.
This way you are defended against multiple kinds of attacks
How To Recognize Good Multi-layered Protection
Good multi-layered protection will contain at least the following:
- A firewall
- Email encryption
- Email Filtering
- Data encryption
- Mobile security
A firewall is the first line of defence between your computer and online threats. Your firewall monitors the traffic between your computer and the Internet. Its job is to distinguish between harmless everyday activity and attempts to hack or infect your system. They come with varying levels of sophistication.
As the mainstay of global communications, emails are the subject of attacks. You can see why. Much sensitive information is contained in them and if they were intercepted and read, the contents could prove to be a goldmine to the wrong people.
Getting a system to encrypt your emails can prevent important information from being stolen this way. Encryption disguises the information in a way that makes it unreadable to someone who intercepts it.
You should also be able to tell whether an email has malicious links embedded in it designed to lead you to websites that will steal your information. This is why you also need an email filtering program. These will move suspicious emails to your junk folder.
In the event a hacker or malicious program gets past your firewall, encrypting your data is another layer of security you can add. Encrypting sensitive files means that even if the attack reaches your computer, the data will be unreadable.
Web content filter
This piece of software blocks sites that contain potentially malicious programs or where they can be downloaded. This is a good idea for business owners, whose employees surf the Internet while they are working, opening the company’s network to threats. If even one gets through, it can cost your company money and time in lost hours while the problem is repaired.
Because mobile phones these days are subject to the same threats as computers, they should be defended like computers. You use your mobile phone to do everything you would with your computer, so it holds a number of valuable pieces of information. There are apps that offer a suite of protection for mobile phones.
Taking the step of putting on layers on your online security is a smart and necessary one. Don’t be caught by malicious actors because you failed to do so.