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Packet switching

Packet switching

(also virtual circuit switching)

Packet switching definition

Packet switching refers to breaking data into small chunks, which are then sent over the network, making the transfer more secure and efficient. Because the data transmits as smaller data packets and not in huge volumes, organizations and users can easily monitor it and detect any security threats, such as malware software and other malicious activities that endanger sensitive users’ data. However, hackers use various hacking methods that cause data leaks, so users must know how to keep their data secure at all times.

See also: antivirus, wireless fidelity

Preventing packet switching hacker attacks

  • Utilize strong and unique passwords. It complicates things for hackers who want to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data. Avoid using the same password on all accounts, and include letters, numbers, and signs.
  • Set up two-factor authentication. Since hackers use tools that help them guess passwords, users should implement a two-factor authentication requiring a second verification method after entering the password. This method will send a verification code via email or SMS to alert users of something wrong.
  • Utilize encryption. It protects sensitive information from unauthorized users intercepting and reading it. Implement encryption protocols like SSL/TLS for secure communication between devices.
  • Use firewalls and intrusion detection systems. It will help you control incoming and outgoing traffic and monitor your network for suspicious activities or potential attacks.
  • Avoid opening unknown links. Phishing emails come with malware that will quickly enter the system and interfere with all users’ data. Therefore, avoid opening any link you are not sure about.
  • Install a reputable antivirus platform. Constant monitoring and alerting of threats significantly lower the risk of data breaches, viruses, ransomware, and other malicious activities.
  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi. Hackers often compromise public Wi-Fi networks and implement malicious codes into devices that utilize them.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security