Aug 17, 2014
A lot of devices these days are connected to the internet, and a lot of businesses need connectivity for day to day operations. This is why having a security module in every website. The web may be the world’s largest library of digital content, but it doesn’t mean that everything in it is safe for use. There are a lot of malicious programs made by people who want nothing more but to play pranks on others, display their skill in the computer world. Some programs are brought by companies who want to mine information about you. With that in mind, web users have to make use of software that provides security from computer threats infesting the internet. A good example of such software is a website scanner.
Malicious programs cause unwanted effects on an infected computer, like spreading files with redundant names in random directories, or deleting important files within the storage drives without prior notice. Moreover, the dangers of websites are not only limited to the presence and transmission of such programs. Some other things to watch out for in websites are suspicious links which may lead to the opening of destructive content, and sudden pop-up message boxes that usually say that the user has won a gadget or an enormous amount of money, requiring the user to click the button in the pop-up to claim the prize. Dangerous links have a different extension in the web page found in the URL; always pay attention on that detail. Pop-up messages are not legit, those are merely pranks pulled by non-professional web geeks.
A website scanner is software capable of detecting viruses and other malicious programs embedded in a website. The scanner contains the necessary modules for determining if a website is safe, sometimes represented by a button with a “scan website” label, or automatically scanning the website opened by the user in the default browser. A description of a more functionally complex website scanner is that it can control the large list of possible websites that a browser may open, allowing only those websites found to be safe and restricting the browsing of those with malicious content. By convention matching modern standards, a website scanner with a “scan website” button is obsolete; people demand that modules should be automated as much as possible, reducing the need for user intervention and making the entire process of use much easier for the users.
The current situation of the internet’s security status implicitly requires from all users that they be careful with the websites they browse. Technically speaking, there is no perfect website scanner. Like all security programs being made by developers, these scanners also have flaws, because it is never easy to create a program, much more one that is designed to counter malicious internet content. To optimize the use of the web’s resources, one must know the basics of web security, and be up to date with the latest issues in the computer world.