By Sharon Jones
Computers are incredibly helpful, but sometimes they can give rise to problematic situations in our lives. Because of this, it’s no surprise that everyone with a computer uses software; roughly 2 billion worldwide. Its also no surprise that software is one of the most targetable sectors on the planet. We can’t stop the distribution and use of software in the tech industry, after all, it’s necessary to nearly every business and personal computer on the planet. Whether you’re a browser or developer, we wouldn’t want to lose software use, so by highlighting the main concerns behind software vulnerability, hopefully both its creation and use can be made safer.
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Information security attacks
This is a branch term referring to any malicious attacks on software. In 2016, hacker phishing attacks rose by 38% on the previous year, which shows the rising danger of the digital age. As more and more people become comfortable with and trained in technological developments, keeping your guard up and ensuring software parameters are properly installed is an integral part of the development process.
Although it can be a bit pricey, to decrease chances of downloading software with a nasty bug inside buy straight from well known brands that have plenty of previous use. When using less well known brands, look around on web boards for user testimonials or to compare the best software. This works well for editing and creative programs such as photoshop and its alternatives.
Increase in data protection measures
We can learn how to navigate 2017 when online by looking at statistics of previous years. In 2016, there was over a 50% increase in use of detection tools for the personal and business industries. Using detection software is incredibly important as it allows a user to monitor and scan for any malware on a PC or company system.
Many data protection sources are available online and in the shops, offering trial runs and contracts of usually 1 month, 6 months, or 12 months. This will allow you to find out which firewall is most customisable and suits your needs.
The rising need to protect software branding
With the move into the digital for both creating products and access to them, many programs exist for the same purpose. If you’re a creator, and you’re worried about missing opportunities due to being seen as malware, it’s a good idea to get trademark protection for software. This keeps a brand name for the sole use of its creator, and doesn’t allow potential hackers to publish under your name to ruin your reputation. Using a trademark will also often put off anyone wishing to imitate the software’s application. However, a trademark on a brand will not stop the functionality idea being imitated in another independent program. Having a trademark on a software brand will give it a seal of trustworthiness.
Overall, the most important takeaway is not to be afraid of using the web. By employing some of the tips included above, you’re less likely to be targeted.