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Computer Backdoor and Security Threats

Computer Backdoor and Security Threats! A back door is a means of access to a computer program that bypasses security mechanisms.

Backdoors are lines of code developers intentionally install in firmware so that manufacturers can safely upgrade our devices and operating systems. A programmer may occasionally install a back door so that the program can be accessed for troubleshooting or other purposes. However, attackers often use back doors that they detect or install themselves, as part of an exploit. In some cases, a worm is intended to take advantage of a back door created by an earlier attack. For example, Nimda gained entrance through a back door left by Code Red.

The challenge is that backdoors can also be used surreptitiously to harness everything from our webcams to our personal data, whether installed as an administrative tool or a means of attack, a back door is a security threat, because there are always crackers out there looking for any vulnerability to exploit.

Some government officials will be advocating for a set of β€œgolden keys,” which would allow law enforcement to use backdoors as they wish. This won’t just affect the usual suspects, such as Facebook and Google.Opponents argue that the simple act of creating a backdoor would leave ordinary people vulnerable to everyday attacks by even unskilled hackers.

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13 Comments

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  3. This is some worthful information, this takes my security to next level, thanks for this, but can you please tell me what does a rootkit exactly means, my antivirus has an option of rootkit scan.

    1. Thank you so much for dropping by πŸ™‚

      Regarding your question a Rootkit is a set of software tools that enable an unauthorized user to gain control of a computer system without being detected and yest almost all antivirus software has the scan option for them πŸ™‚

  4. Hey TechLinu (first time visiting your blog.. I know right? How did I ever survive!?)
    I just wanted to say a massive congrats because this is a wonderful post that will help lots of people be more aware of security issues which not everybody may consider. In the words of the Terminator: I’ll be back!

      1. No need to say thank you to me TechLinu, just keep up the great work.

        Have a good day! Your blog is on my reading list!

        Enjoy the rest of your day penguin man! πŸ™‚

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