Beladen: 40,000 Website Attackers - Security
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While the Beladen attacks appear to no longer be a concern, you should still take every precaution to protect yourself against similar attacks in the future. Unfortunately, there will always be people who want to take advantage of security loopholes to violate the privacy of countless Internet users. It is your job to make sure that you protect yourself in every way possible.
One of the most important things that you can do to keep yourself protected is make sure that you are using the most recent version of all of your programs and applications. Programs often have new releases just to fix security loopholes that make them susceptible to attacks like Beladen. By downloading all of the updates frequently, you are minimizing these loopholes.
One big step that everyone should take toward being more secure on the Internet is installing a firewall. Firewalls block unwanted intrusions into your computer from a variety of sources. While it is unclear whether firewalls helped protect users from Beladen, they are still a good idea for general protection.
As previously noted, the Beladen attacks did not affect Macs and many forms of Linux and Unix. This is true for many similar attacks and forms of malware. Because the vast majority of computer users are on Windows, similarly the vast majority of malicious programs are designed to infect Windows computers. If you are not using Windows, then you will not be affected by a Windows infection. If you are quite concerned about your computer's security, then you could investigate whether it is worth it to you to switch to an operating system that is the target of fewer malicious attacks.
Ultimately, no matter how much you do to protect yourself, there may still be programs out there that are capable of gaining access to your computer. This is an inherent risk with the Internet. However, if you practice safe computer usage and do what you can to avoid infection, then chances are much better that you will have a pleasant Internet experience. There will doubtless be more attacks like Beladen, but by doing your part to keep yourself safe, you continue to frustrate the people behind malicious software.
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