Secure Web Browsing Using Lightweight Portable Security

Stop for a moment and ask yourself just how safe to do feel when logging into your favorite social network site and at some point in time logging into online banking for example. I am not advocating that social networks fall short in the area of security but the reality is the internet is a dangerous place.

Today’s threats are increasing with each passing day and I would go so far to say that many individuals do not understand nor take the time to properly address security. In fact the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon states:

  1. Many users have a tendency to click on links without considering the risks of their actions.
  2. Web page addresses can be disguised or take you to an unexpected site.
  3. Many web browsers are configured to provide increased functionality at the cost of decreased security.
  4. New security vulnerabilities may have been discovered since the software was configured and packaged by the manufacturer.
  5. Computer systems and software packages may be bundled with additional software, which increases the number of vulnerabilities that may be attacked.
  6. Third-party software may not have a mechanism for receiving security updates.
  7. Many web sites require that users enable certain features or install more software, putting the computer at additional risk.
  8. Many users do not know how to configure their web browsers securely.
  9. Many users are unwilling to enable or disable functionality as required to secure their web browser.

Each of these points demonstrate the need for a mechanism that the average person can utilize to reduce the risk across the internet. Going back to the example of online banking, what would you say if you could simply boot off a DVD into a Linux Operating system and protect you credentials? This is entirely possible with Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) which was developed by the United States Air Force.

Lightweight Portable Security

LPS differs from traditional operating systems in that it isn’t continually patched. LPS is designed to run from read-only media and without any persistent storage. Any malware that might infect a computer can only run within that session.

LPS is updated on a regular basis (at least quarterly patch and maintenance releases). Update to the latest versions to have the latest protection.

For those that are not familiar with Linux there is nothing to fear. Go grab yourself a download of Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) and see for yourself just how easy LPS is and protect yourself at the same time.

Books and Whitepapers

Discover how to protect yourself from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks! The release of the Firesheep Wi-Fi attack tool has increased awareness among both users and attackers of the inherent insecurity of unprotected HTTP connections. Firesheep allows an attacker connected to the local network to monitor the web sessions of other users on that network. As experts proclaimed in reaction to Firesheep, the best solution to the problem is to use TLS/SSL for all connections to web sites, including the home page. Download ” Protecting Users From Firesheep and other Sidejacking Attacks with SSL” to learn how to avoid these attacks.

The Web Security Challenge: A Competitive Guide to Selecting Secure Web Gateways. In the search for reliable, comprehensive Web security, there is a clear leader. Third-party testing confirms that only Websense Web Security Gateway meets or exceeds industry analyst criteria across nine functional areas including malware protection, data loss prevention, and Web 2.0 threat detection accuracy when tested against competitive products.

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