The cyber arms race is ugly. Even though new technology creates positive changes, it also falls into the hands of thieves. Malware, phishing, social engineering, and cyber attacks have proven to be incredibly lucrative.
Cryptowall, a particularly unpleasant piece of ransomware, exemplifies the problems found in the cyber arms race. According to the Cyber Threat Alliance, Cryptowall 3.0 variant made an estimated $325 million in revenue in 2014. That money has been reinvested in Cryptowall 4.0, which is bigger, badder, and even harder to detect.
Cryptowall even has a marketing presence with their very own Twitter account!
Cyber attacks will continue to get more sophisticated, so our defense has to get more sophisticated. Hence the arms race. Traditional anti-virus software is just not enough anymore, and we need to augment it.
To provide a little more protection to my customers and my own family, I subscribe to a service known as OpenDNS. DNS, or the Domain Naming Service, is the service on the Internet that tells your computer how to find pearltechnology.com when you type it in the browser.
OpenDNS provides phishing protection and content filtering that can greatly improve your browsing security. The basic free service protects your family from adult content and phishing threats. For $19.95 a year, you can get a whole lot more.
I recommend you research and use the free version of OpenDNS, whether you are a small business owner or just a concerned parent.
Go here to find more information about OpenDNS.