Encryption

What is MAC spoofing?

MAC spoofing is a method by which unique hardware addresses are masked using a Locally Administered Address (LAA) in the software. MAC spoofing can offer protection for your privacy when using public LAN or WLAN networks, but can also be used for illegal network activities. We explain to you here how MAC spoofing works and which settings in Windows must be accessed in order to change your MAC...

Chrome 56: changes to make the web safer

For two years now, Google has been actively promoting SSL encryption for websites. The search engine giant started acknowledging data transfer protection as a ranking factor in 2014, but now wants to go one step further. Users of Google’s browser, Chrome, will soon be actively warned about websites with unsafe data exchanges. This articles explains what the planned changes are and which...

Intrusion detection systems and prevention systems

A stable network is characterized not only by the appropriate hardware structures, but also by a watertight security concept. In addition to back-up solutions and intelligent fail-safe systems, protection against external access attempts is a must. Intrusion detection systems (IDS) and intrusion protection systems (IPS) are an excellent addition to the classic firewall and are therefore a sensible...

Port scanning: introduction and basics

It’s easy to lose track of all the different programs that are responsible for inbound and outbound data traffic. Networks hosting a large number of computer systems that are constantly communicating with online services often require technical backup. High-performance tools check the activities of various applications or computers and can close existing security gaps. Using port scanners is one...

Protecting your email address: how to do it

Spam robots, so-called harvesters, consistently search the internet for email addresses that can be used for unlawful advertising, phishing emails, and spreading viruses, worms, and Trojans. You’re recommended to have your contact details on your website, but how do you stop them from being misused? This article gives you advice on how to protect your email address.

Penetration testing – the complete network check

The more complex a network is, the more vulnerable it is to attacks. In times when customers and partners have access to internal network structures via the internet, and can control various applications via web interfaces, IT employees are encountering more and more problems. Large companies, in particular, prefer to use penetration testing to check how well their security concept works. This...

Honeypots: IT security through decoy programs

Businesses use IDSs (intrusion detection systems) and firewalls in order to keep attackers away from sensitive IT systems. These safeguards can be enhanced through so-called honeypots, which bait hackers to isolated network areas where more information on their attack patterns can be collected. Find out more here on how honeypots work and with which programs honeypots can be implemented for both...

FileZilla: tutorial for the FTP client program

FileZilla is considered to be a standard software for transferring data between locally connected computers and online servers. The network protocol is able to transfer via FTP and its encrypted variants, SFTP and FTPS. We’ve created an overview of the client program’s features and break down the details of this program from installation to data transfer.

What is a demilitarized zone?

Companies hosting their own websites, an online shop, or e-mail inboxes should make sure to separate the corresponding server of these from the local network. This makes it possible to protect devices within the company network from hacker attacks that take place on public networks. Solid protection comes in the form of a demilitarized zone, which separates endangered systems from sensitive...

Hardware firewall: the more stable firewall solution

Most computer users are at least aware of the term firewall. When activated, they help protect computers. But announcements about blocked applications can become a source of irritation for many users, especially when the background information for such messages is unknown. But how do firewalls work? And what role do hardware firewalls play in protecting your computer?