Keep an eye out for security threats with web filtering software

New technologies and upgrades are constantly being introduced to the Internet. As a result, the number of security threats has grown at an astonishing rate – which is why web filtering software has become such a necessity for businesses worldwide. Web filtering software adds another layer of protection to your corporate network against web security threats.

Email, news and interactive blogs, social media, and all sorts of sites that can be found on the web, can all help promote and push your organization forward, but it only takes one wrong click on a download button that belongs to a malicious website to push the organization behind. Cybercriminals can create websites, for example, which exploit security gaps in targeted web browsers, this allowing access to your network without your knowledge. The issue of security threats is very significant because they are everywhere – that’s why it is vital that you shield yourself against these threats and that’s why web filtering software exists.

In reality, there is no such thing as 100% security against web security threats. Don’t think for a moment that because you play it safe and never waver from your typical web routine you are not at risk, because hackers have many tools to breach your network. One example is Phishing. This effective technique of getting your information revolves around the fact that anyone can make a website. This is how it works; firstly you are led to a fake website that mimics the original. Confident in the brand name of the original website, you submit your information to the fake site and open yourself up to a world of trouble. Another method is through Third Party Add-Ons; these are programs, such as Flash Player and Java, required by a large portion of websites to work properly. These same Add-Ons however can at times be exploited by hackers to compromise their victim’s security.

Web filtering software eliminates all these cyber traps by filtering access to such websites. This solution also monitors bandwidth usage and, most importantly, blocks hidden downloads. It will grant you complete internet access control and will automatically filter and limit web browsing capabilities which will help you manage cyberslacking. Another important feature of web filtering software comes in the form of site exceptions. Web filtering software alerts you to the possible threat, but also allows you to create exceptions for trusted websites, thereby granting you access.

It is imperative that you protect yourself and your employees against these threats; toughen up security and monitoring – allowing you to play safe or you‘ll be sorry you didn’t.

This guest post was provided by Chris DeMicoli on behalf of GFI Software Ltd. GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. More information: GFI web filtering software.

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