Web Security: Analyze your options!

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  1. The age of the internet has redefined our lifestyle in ways we could have hardly imagined. Information about our whole life, whether it’s professional or personal, can be easily accessed. Everything from our financial, personal and social interactions, along with even our location is traceable. With increasing threats like never before, the web security mainly focuses on a secured web experience for the users.  

    Before you opt for a web security tool, it’s essential to know about the types available to the users. Some of them have been listed below:

    Network Layer Security:
    It can be made secure with cryptographic methods and protocol. Some of the protocols include SSL, PGP, TLS and IPsec. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer while TLS stands for Transport Layer Security and Pretty Good Privacy.

    IPsec or Internet Protocol Security:
    It has been designed especially to enhance the secured communication experience through TCP/IP. Basically, it is a set of security extensions that has been developed by the internet task force. The main function is to convert data into encryptions. It offers data origin integrity, access control, confidentiality and replay protection. Encapsulating security payload and the authentication header are the two forms of transformations in IPsec. These two can be used alone or in combined form. IPsec has the following functions:
    i) Activate security protocols for ESP and AH
    ii) Authentication and encryption of algorithms
    iii) Security association for traffic processing
    iv) Internet key management based manual and automatic key exchange

    Security Token:

    Online sites often offer a 6 digit code, especially online banking websites. It changes after 30-60 seconds on a security token.  It means that in every 30-60 seconds, a certain array of numbers can only access the account. The website will be alerted of the IP address of the one who is accessing the site along with the device’s serial number.  

    PGP (Pretty Good Privacy)
    It is known to provide confidentiality through encrypted messages that are about to be transferred or will be stored as an encrypted algorithm. Emails can be protected in various ways and some of them are:

    i) Signing of mail - For integrity and identity confirmation, always sign the mail
    ii) Encrypted mail message
    iii) Encrypted mail communication between servers for confidentiality  

    A VPN or virtual private network can encrypt the entire message; however, it can’t sign or protect your message during the transfer.  

    Message Authentication Code:
    A cryptography method, it is known to use a secret key for encrypting a message. A MAC value will be required for decrypting the message by the receiver. It protects the message’s integrity and authenticity.

    Among all the technicalities, we often forget that the main purpose of all these processes is to keep your web operation secure. Antiviruses, firewalls, malware protection etc. are just some of the ways to protect the data. Mostly, the business organizations are affected by such malicious actions. For them, it’s best to opt for a web security service for an enhanced and secure experience. Get it now!
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