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Buy, but don't buy into it!
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
If you purchase things online, you want to be sure that your payments are secure. And some security software marketers take advantage of this by promoting pseudo-innovative technologies and features, such as 'secure payments'.
What do they promise?
- To verify that users are indeed communicating with a payment system or a bank site.
In reality, conventional parental control features do just that, so there is really nothing new here.
- The ability to create a customizable list of addresses for safe transactions.
But fraudsters lure users into adding malicious sites to these lists. Furthermore, users may end up on a phishing site by opening links that all-too-helpful criminals provide in short messages and bogus emails—one of today’s most popular attack vectors.
- To validate the certificates that are being used to establish a secure connection to bank servers.
But cybercriminals are forging those certificates day and night!
- To scan a system for unpatched vulnerabilities.
Alas, the scanner can only detect known vulnerabilities! Meanwhile, attackers often take advantage of the loopholes that security researchers haven’t yet discovered.
- A special browser mode that will keep transactions protected.
But keeping a close watch over all network connections BEFORE traffic is received by browsers is way more important!
The Anti-virus Times recommends
- No single technology can make your system 100% secure. However, each one makes its individual contribution into ensuring that the security software in question is as reliable as possible.
Unlike its competitors, Dr.Web offers an entire array of technologies that indeed keep online transactions secure:
- Protection from malware that can exploit known and unknown vulnerabilities;
- A database of bogus sites that is constantly being updated over Dr.Web Cloud. That way Dr.Web prevents users from reaching phishing websites and prevents communications from occurring with criminal-owned command and control servers;
- Protection for browsers and other applications from behaviour-altering malicious code and malicious extensions and plugins. Dr.Web scans traffic before it reaches browsers;
- Protection from banking Trojans, spyware, and remote access programs—the whole gamut of tricks employed by attackers to steal money and data.
- People change their behaviour patterns all the time. Think back—when did you last use a browser on your mobile device for online banking? Quite a while ago, right? Nowadays, you usually just use your bank’s app. And no secure payment technology can prevent attackers from compromising the application or hacking into your device. And we leave you now to draw your own conclusions :)