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Security software

Security software

(also antivirus, anti-malware)

Security software definition

Security software refers to computer programs that aim to protect data, systems, and networks from unauthorized access, damage, theft, or other security threats. It ensures the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of information. Different software applications provide different security measures, including antivirus and anti-malware tools, firewalls, virtual private network software, intrusion prevention and detection systems, and encryption tools.

Types of security software

  • Antivirus software. It detects and removes viruses, malware, and other types of malicious software.
  • Firewall software. Firewalls monitor and control incoming and outgoing network traffic and prevent unauthorized access to a network.
  • Intrusion detection and prevention software. It detects and prevents unauthorized access to a network or a system by analyzing the network traffic and identifying suspicious activity.
  • VPN software. Virtual private network software encrypts network traffic and provides a safe connection between two devices when using the internet.
  • Encryption software. It protects data by making it unreadable to people that don’t have the decryption key. Only authorized users can decrypt and access the data.
  • Password management software. A password generator that gives ideas for stronger passwords. It can also help users store and manage their passwords securely.
  • Backup and recovery software. It copies important information and restores this data in case of data loss, corruption, or damage.
  • Identity and access management software. It helps companies manage user identities, access to networks and computer systems, and authentication across their systems and applications.
  • Vulnerability scanning software. It identifies and assesses potential security weaknesses in computer systems and networks and prioritizes remediation efforts to reduce security breach risks.
  • Mobile device management software. It manages and secures mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, when used together to ensure compliance with an organization’s policies and standards.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security