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Saturday, March 12, 2011    6:34 am

Web development is the work involved in developing a website (accessed by the public) or an Intranet (accessed by the relevant parties especially within a company). It entails designing the website, developing the content, network security configuration, e-marketing and selling among other services offered via the Internet.

Internet security is aimed at guarding against attacks over the Internet and details some rules and measures to use against attacks like hacking, phishing, spam, or Internet fraud.

There are different methods used to protect the transfer of information which organizations and/or individuals can choose from including; Ipsec Protocol, Network layer security, E-mail security, Encrypting, Firewalls, Anti-virus programmes, etc.

Internet connection creates a vast network of millions of users around the globe, and a milliard of resources on the same platform. Unfortunately, this convenience and sharing over a big network is open to abuse by hackers, virus creators and fraudsters. To counter this, there is need for organizations and individuals to enlist strong Internet security systems to protect their data, as well as protect themselves from fraudsters. Some of the recommended systems are:

  • Anti-virus soft-wares, which protect our computers from viruses that try to infect via email, flash-disks, CD rom, floppy disks, and computer files.
  • Firewall soft-wares, which protect our computer ports by ensuring that only safe information gets in.
  • PopUP Blocker, which can be installed at no cost through the Google or Yahoo toolbars.

In response to the rising attacks on social networking sites among them attacks to high profile accounts like that for French President Sarkozy and Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerbeg, Tony Bradley of PC World, has posted Seven Hints on Internet Safety on the PC World website. Excerpts of these are presented hereunder:

1. Update your browser. Use the latest version of the Web browser of their choice to take advantage of features like phishing filters.

2. Do it in private. Public Internet facilities should ideally be used to read general information, but never personal data which needs passwords, usernames and other personal details.

3. Keep them Guessing. It is also advisable to have different usernames and passwords for different accounts. It might be tedious and cumbersome to remember, but the hacker/fraudster will only manage to compromise one account, and not have access to all your personal accounts.

4. Double-check the domain. Every time before working on any personal account, ensure that you look at the address bar just to ensure the legitimacy of the site and the whole address is correct – without any funny wordings/letters.

5. Suspicious messages. Be very keen if you suspect a message you receive, especially if it is from somebody you hardly communicate with, or one that you do not seem to recall. Care should be taken not to click on links in suspicious emails; they could lead to some unknown destination that can expose you to hackers.

6. Clear history and log out. In cases where one uses a public computer, it is important to make sure that they log off from sites manually. Shutting down the browser may not eliminate the site completely, and another person may have access to your account.

7. Protect your Computer. It is also best practice to properly protect your computer by installing firewall security and antivirus which at times cover malware, update these security tools.

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