Users and network administrators have been encouraged to stamp down on spyware and other network threats using a 10 point threat discovery plan.
In the face of widespread security threats, network security company Fortinet said firms must consider the threat of “grayware”, which encompasses spyware, adware, premium rate diallers, and key-loggers which remotely record user key strokes.
Fortinet’s top 10 list of self-diagnosis tips is provided for companies to test whether any such harmful, illegal or nuisance applications are present and operational on their systems.
“One of the key ways of protecting against any form of IT security threat is through user education. Grayware is a serious and growing threat, and I urge all internet users to take these simple steps to recognise whether or not they are infected,” said Jonathan Mepsted, Fortinet regional director.
Fortinet points out that while some grayware applications are little more than an annoyance, others are more sinister with enough sophistication to secretly read and record credit card numbers, personal messages, password keystrokes, track web-browsing habits or secretly dial premium-rate operator numbers.
Perhaps most worrying of all is the ability of some grayware applications to disable existing desktop-based anti-virus programs, leaving the computer immediately prone to infection - often by duping the user into unwittingly switching them off.
Mepsted said, “Installing grayware protection at the network perimeter where the private network meets the public internet, can help identify and eradicate dubious applications before they even reach the end user’s computer.”
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