Here’s a morsel of what I learned about Web security at this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco. It’s just another tale of the good, the bad, and the ugly
1.Security in Windows 10 is better than any version before it. That’s because unlike previous versions which had user customizable settings to control how your PC received updates and patches, updates in Windows 10 are by default automatic. Ostensibly this means that Microsoft is staying one step ahead of malware hackers.
There’s just one problem with this assumption. Unlike the dozens and dozens of anti-malware/virus software companies which update their malware definitions 24/7, Microsoft offers its updates just once a month on its Patch Tuesday which means any Windows 10 is vulnerable to new malware for possibly a month in between. So installing third party anti-malware/virus software is probably still advisable.
2.Nothing is necessarily safe on the Web even if you have anti-malware installed because the hackers are changing their sinister codes virtually every few seconds. You read that right: every few seconds in a lousy game of digital whack-a-mole. And the bad guys are ever finding new ways to infect your system.
3. Then there’s the increasing rise of Malvertising, legitimate web ads that are infiltrated with malware code through poorly protected, third party advertising servers. What’s scary about this according to the security experts at Cyberreason, among other security providers, is that you don’t have to even click on the ad to get hit with an infection. Merely opening the page in which the ad appears is enough to infect your computer. Ouch!That’s why it’s a good idea to install an Ad Blocker plugin on your browser. The downside of that is many advertising supported sites are locking content unless you turn blocking off.