A Single Filter Solution is Not Enough

Nov 05, 2016

Looking back on security

I can recall back in my early days working on personal computers in a small “mom and pop” computer shop, installing a copy of Norton Antivirus was the end all-be all solution for about 75% of machines. Businesses had Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition. Nothing more, nothing less. There has always been the need to educate end users on how to keep their computers and data safe at home and at work:

  • Stay away from bad websites
  • Don’t open emails from people you don’t know
  • Don’t download any unknown files (usually .exe files) as they contained viruses

Then there was the threat of pop-ups, and what was known then as spyware (additional software that would secretly install on your computers and basically “spy” on everything you were doing) which we discovered was far more difficult to prevent than viruses. More often than not, it was the kids and teens that were surfing the internet and the parents put the blame on them. Vendors then had to enhance their products to include spyware protection in addition to antivirus, thus creating an additional layer of protection.

Today malicious software is among us. Hence the term “malware” that we all have heard over and over again. However, with the emergence of newer threats called ransomware, networks need to have multiple layers of protection at the user level and at the network level to protect more than one user. Let’s face it, we all have multiple devices in our networks: tablets, smartphones, laptops/desktops, home media servers, etc. At any time, one of us or our kids could just be browsing the internet harmlessly, and malicious software hiding in an ad on a page could easily trigger a download.

Now that I am a parent of a 7-year old daughter, I choose to be very proactive in how we stay safe. Thanks to solutions like Net Nanny, I will feel better when my daughter starts using the internet more frequently, and I can ensure she is safer when browsing online. It is one less thing for me, as a dad, to not have to worry about.

How can we now protect ourselves?

Let’s take a look at some things we can proactively do to keep everyone safe:

It’s easy for kids to find themselves in dangerous situations online. Fortunately, parental control software like Net Nanny provides solutions to make sure your kids are safe on the internet. In addition to its filtering options, Net Nanny provides social media monitoring, and time management features. Best of all, with remote access, you can receive reports or change profile settings as long as you have internet connection. How cool is that?