The names for the most common types of Internet invaders are always changing, but the goals are the same-someone or something is trying to access your computer to use it in a way you normally wouldn't allow. Fortunately, with a little know-how and the right tools you can stop most threats in their tracks.
In addition to what you can do to prevent threats, which includes downloading complimentary Norton™ Security Online, and as an ongoing initiative to make the internet safer for its customers, Xfinity offers tools to detect and help remediate against bots, and verify the authenticity of websites accessed.
A bot is a malicious form of software that could use your computer to send spam, host a phishing site or steal your identity by monitoring your keystrokes. Xfinity may notify you if we believe a device in your home may be infected with a bot. The notification will advise you to follow steps to remove the bot from your device and prevent future attacks. Click here to remove the bot and prevent future attacks.
DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) allows websites and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to validate domain names to ensure they haven't been tampered with, compromising your online security.
DNSSEC helps provide you with the best and safest online experience possible. With DNSSEC, a website name such as xfinity.com is signed into the Domain Name System (DNS). Then, when you try to connect to that website, the Comcast DNS servers verify its security signature. You will only be connected if the website passes the verification process, which happens so quickly you shouldn't even notice that it's being done. If validation fails on a website, you'll receive a "page not found" or "server not found" error. This process prevents hackers from re-directing you to fake, phishing, or criminal sites.
Social engineering is the art of manipulating people to performing actions or divulging confidential information. Before you let anybody in on sensitive details about you, make sure that you can verify their credibility. While companies remain vigilant of any threats to their customers, security is a responsibility we all share. This includes protecting our personal and corporate data by practicing safe online habits.
Tips for strong passwords include using longer passwords by creating a pass "phrase" instead of a pass "word" and avoiding password re-use. Here's how to create secure passwords:
Kids spend an average of over two hours a day online. It's important to know how your family is spending their time and if they are being safe. Social media, in particular, is in all of our lives. We use it to express ourselves as individuals, to market our products and services, and to connect with people worldwide. The problem with using social media is that everything we share, private or public, is stored, easily discoverable and can potentially be used against us.
Some ways you can protect you and your family's online presence are:
Cyberbullying can have serious long-term effects for the person being picked on as well as the person doing the harassment. It's important to teach children that the Internet is not anonymous, and everything posted online leaves a permanent digital footprint, traceable by law enforcement, educational institutions and future employers.
It's important to teach your family good internet habits to ensure your personal information stays safe and secure.