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Popular IT Security Practices That Are Ineffective

A lot of emphasis and importance is laid on IT security practices today due to the increasing risk of threats from various corners of the cyber world. The security concern has escalated to such a level that most companies’ fears about their privacy and data protection borders on the paranoid. Security service providing companies are making hay of this situation by aggressively marketing their products and services. However, the companies must understand that not all products and services are as effective as they are claimed to be.

In fact, it is not that difficult to gauge if a security practice is effective or not. A survey conducted revealed that many security practices adopted by IT companies are not really that effective. This article will highlight some of the top ineffective IT security practices.

All-In-One Security Software Does Not Identify Most Dangerous Threats

The concept of all-in-one security software came into being in the early part of 1990s. At that time, the number of malicious software such as viruses, malware, Trojans, spyware, etc were relatively very low. So, the all-in-one security software database had the reference for all those threats and could effectively identify and neutralize them. In today’s world, hackers are pumping in malicious software into the cyber world on an hourly basis. It is practically impossible for the security software vendors to update their software on an hourly basis to include all the threats. This doesn’t mean that this software is not effective. It is just that they are not 100% safe and you should keep an eye on things, just in case.

Firewalls are Just for The Sake of It

If you think that you have an expensive firewall in place, which will filter out or keep threats at bay, you are very wrong. The hacking community is completely aware of firewalls and they design malicious software which can bypass them. A recent survey revealed that most of the modern day malicious software is embedded in regularly used programs like media players, converters, and gets downloaded to your computer through anonymous social media accounts, spam emails, etc. So, you will be granting the program permission to execute, about which the firewall can do nothing. So, ensure that all the programs you download or import are properly scanned before executing them.

No End User Involvement in Security Procedures

Most of the companies do not educate their employees on proper security procedures. Here is a simple example. To download music, an employee Googles for a link. Even though the security software indicates that this link might potentially be dangerous, the employee overrides the warning and enters the site. This defeats the whole purpose of having the security software. Also, most people tend to think that computers become slow over time. This is wrong. Computers slow down only if there are too many processes running or if it is infected with malicious software. If a computer slows down, employees must be instructed that they should follow a certain set of procedures which will ensure that the computer is indeed risk and malicious software free.

Strong Passwords Will Not Ensure Safety

One of the most common rules we hear about online security is the importance of a strong password. This is something more psychological than logical. Software and algorithms are used to crack passwords and if a hacker has gained access till that level, then it is only a matter of time before your account is hacked. Even though strong passwords might delay the hackers for a while, ultimately your account will be compromised. But that doesn’t mean that you should make the task easy for hackers by choosing weak passwords. If you delay the hackers significantly, your security service vendor can take countermeasures which will keep you protected.

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