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Knowing the Security Risks about Bot Nets and Key Loggers

Bot nets and key loggers pose a serious threat to the computer systems of all businesses. Even the most prepared networks can be crippled with the ongoing development of these cyber threats.

If you are a network tsmarketing, knowing about bot nets and key loggers is the first line of defense against the malicious code of compromised computers.

So, what is a botnet?

The term “botnet” is derived from the two words, Robot and NET. Groups of computers that are infected with malicious software code are bot nets and they threaten the security of computer networks. Once the robot software infects a computer network, the computers begin carrying out the instructions given by the botnet.

Bot nets can be any size, depending upon the complexity of the program. A large botnet can include thousands of computers. If your computers come under attack by bot nets, you may not even know your network system is controlled and exploited by these destructive programs. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) usually carries out the botnet infections. The infection then opens the TCP communication port and the Trojan travels into your network. Botnet programs also implement Peer-to-Peer controls and IRC protocol. One of the most popular methods for entering your network is using the HTTP protocol through a Web server.

Facts about Key loggers

Bot nets and key loggers go hand-in-hand. Bots can install key loggers into your computer network. The key logger detects certain useful words that computer user’s type. For instance, if a user types the word PayPal into the address bar, the key logger notices this and then detects usernames and passwords.

Security measures for Your Network

Become proactive in the fight against bot nets and key loggers. A few basic strategies preventing these malicious programs from entering your network include:

  • Update your software and computer system regularly, installing any new patches and security updates.
  • Avoid clicking on attachments in e-mails before checking who the sender is.
  • Disabling scripting languages like JavaScript and ActiveX can reduce the spread of bot nets.
  • Increase the security levels on your system.
The Best Defense for Your Network is P2P Encryption with Tokenization

Point-to-point encryption (P2PE) and tokenization are two innovative technologies that can reduce the risk of credit card fraud and data breach. Tokenization replaces credit card values with random values, protecting against credit card number theft and allowing for long-term storage. P2PE encrypts credit card data and helps prevent interception of the card data during the transmission from the merchant’s POS to the payment processor. Implementing P2PE and tokenization security measures allows you to safely process credit card transactions and reduce credit card fraud.

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