BullGuard is in the business of keeping you safe online. But you might wonder how we actually do that. Well, BullGuard has a lot of security strings to its bow and given that most of us bank and shop online we’ve set out the security components that keep you safe during these activities. Read on.

Phishing mails and fake websites

Phishing mails are big money earners for hackers. They typically try and lure victims to a fake web page, via a link that is embedded in the email.

BullGuard checks whether the URL which the link takes you to is genuine or malicious. If it is malicious BullGuard automatically blocks the site and raises an alert. It also flags up other known malicious and phishing websites. A database of known malicious links is also regularly updated in real-time so you’re always protected.

The malware threat

According to the industry figures between 200,000 and 350,000 new malware variations are detected each day. Just over 1,000 new strains of banking malware are also discovered each day. Ransomware is also an ever present threat, even when it doesn’t hit the headlines, it’s still there doing its dirty work.

BullGuard protects you from this growing tide of malware by scanning your computer 24/7 for the millions of known malware signatures. It also uses behavioural detection techniques to identify new malware that is trying to enter your computer. As soon as it recognises code that is ‘abnormal’, an indicator of new malware, it stops and quarantines it.

Vulnerable software

A common technique fraudsters use to insinuate malware into computers is to exploit vulnerabilities in software. Hackers search for these vulnerabilities, also known as zero-day exploits because there are as yet no defences against them, and then exploit them and sometimes sell them to other with nefarious intentions.

BullGuard automatically scans software and operating systems on your computer, checking whether it has been updated to patch vulnerabilities that have recently been discovered. If updates are required you receive an immediate alert.

Compromised websites

Legitimate websites are compromised every day. They can be penetrated in a number of ways but BullGuard deploys a trio of defences that ensures you are not snared by fraudster tricks. It scans the website for hidden malware, unencrypted connections and whether the security certificate presented by the website is valid. If any of one of these three points are flagged up you receive an alert telling you the website is potentially dangerous.

Keystroke loggers

Keystroke loggers are a special type of malware that have been around a long time. They read your keystrokes and send the information back to fraudsters who decode the data. They can see what websites you have visited and the passwords you have typed in. BullGuard ensures your passwords can’t be detected by constantly scanning for keystroke loggers and neutralising them as soon as they are discovered.

It’s worth keeping in mind while these security tools have significantly contributed to the many awards BullGuard has won our software never stands still. It’s constantly evolving to keep customers safe no matter what new attack methods surface.