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New Developments In Open Source Online Security Software

Jan 20, 2008
Online security has always been a hot issue ever since the Internet first came into being. Users are still in search of that elusive perfect safety that will effectively keep all kind of Internet hooligans out of their private connections. Today, the world is becoming open source. Everything from arcade games to high end information portals are going open source. It is but inevitable then that security applications also go open source. The wave has already begun, if you check out applications like the internet security applications, an open source secure text tool for people who wish to keep some of their information encrypted on the computers they use. But how good is open source online protection after all?

With open source software, the main interest that happens is that the developers release the source code online. That means, anyone with knowledge of coding, and obviously with an interest in it, is able to modify the code. They can also use the code to make their own tools and applications. But the greatest advantage is of course that troubleshooting becomes a breeze. If you are using open source software and there's a snag, all you have to do is to make a post on a community or forum for the software and experts from all over the world will come forward with suggestions. Some will even fix the bug. That is one the strongest points of open source, they are constantly perfected so that they are virtually snag-free.

Open source protection is still in its infancy, though. The internet protections program is just a text editor if you think about it. Certainly, it has strong 256 bit AES encryption, which is considered to be one of the best security protection devices on the Internet. The idea is to provide an area for users to store their vital data that they do not want other eyes to see. Just text can be saved here, but you can use the data protection software for saving your bank account numbers, phone numbers, usernames and passwords on the websites you use and such things. You can set up a password so that only people who have the password will be able to see the files you have saved with online protection.

Internet protection software is a very powerfully encrypted tool in itself, it must be said that it does not help quite as much. You can only save plaintext format here, and that could be a big let downer. Also, if you are working with various files, you cannot do so simultaneously. There are such problems. But we must also remember that the code is open source. So that means, these shortcomings can be fixed by just about anyone. The only question is when.

Online protection in open source does exist then, but you must not expect all the bells and whistles that go with commercially retailed products. Some of these could look quite plain and may not do all the things you expect of them. However, online protection software, they are constantly being upgraded, and that is the cause why they might just as well supersede some of the retailed products in the market today.
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Sean has studied a lot about Internet security and he uses Steganos products. You can check out some of his reviews on these products here:
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