Hello friends! In the last 5 years, technology has evolved rapidly. There has been an exponential increase in the number of internet users not only in India but in the whole world. Talking about India only, there is a huge number of new internet users that are still learning and not aware of many technical things. That’s why hackers and spammers keep targeting Indians by using various types of computer viruses, botnets & malware. They get a huge success rate by targeting newbie internet explorers. This is the reason behind the increase in cybercrimes in India.
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The Indian government has noticed this and set up a special module under the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) namely Cyber Swachhta Kendra. Under this program, various security tools have been developed that aim to protect internet users from various types of cyber threats like viruses, botnets, and malware. In this article, i will share information regarding the available security tools under the Cyber Swachhta Kendra program & how to download & use them. Let’s get started.
What is Cyber Swachhta Kendra?
As mentioned above, it is a part of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) which aims to protect internet users from various unsafe programs.
Here are the top threats :
Computer Viruses – These are the programs coded by hackers. There are various types of viruses and they all are different. Usually, they get downloaded when you click any malicious link on any website, email, etc. Once downloaded, they behave as per the instructions written by hackers. Some viruses like trojan horses can steal data from your computer & send it to the hacker.
Malware – Every computer user every now and then needs a certain type of software to get some kind of work done. Although there are some highly trusted providers like Microsoft, Google, etc. that provide certain types of software to people for example – Google Chrome, Microsoft Office, etc., there are also many other software providers who try to cause harm to computers for their benefits. In order to do this, they provide malicious software to users. This malicious software is known as malware.
Botnets – When hackers infect multiple systems and gain access to those systems, they can then use these systems to spread the viruses to more and more systems. By doing so, they create an army of infected systems known as botnets. Using the botnet, cybercriminals may execute various types of cyber attacks by hiding their identity.
Cyber Swachhta Kendra provide tools (softwares) for free to people to make sure they are safe from the above mentioned threats.
Cyber Swachhta Kendra Apps | Download Cyber Security Tools (Softwares) from Indian Govt’s Cyber Swachhta Centre
Before discussing how to download the tools, let’s find out what are the available softwares & what is their benefit.
Free Bot Removal Tool – As mentioned before in this article, hackers (Cybercriminals) try to infect as many systems as possible to create botnets (the hub of infected computers). To make sure you are not a part of such a system, Cyber Swachhta Kendra in partnership with Quickheal security created the “Bot Removal Tool”. This tool is available free for all users.
The government is promoting the Free Bot Removal tool to make sure all people use this. You might have received an SMS that says:
“As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. CERT-In GoI advises you to keep your digital devices bot free. Get bot removal tool at cyberswachhtakendra.gov.in”
USB Partirodh – As you know, pen drives & external hard drives are common devices used by people to carry their important data wherever they go. Although these devices are convenient, they can be easily targeted by cybercriminals to spread viruses & attack computer systems. So, it is very important to make sure that whenever you attach external devices like pen drives, hard drives to other computer systems, they don’t get infected.
To take care of this, Cyber Swachhta center developed “USB Pratirodh”. This tool controls the usage of removable storage media like pen drives, external hard drives, cell phones, and other supported USB mass storage devices & keeps your computer safe from threats.
AppSamvid: Most of the viruses are spread in form of .exe file format which is known as executable program. Sometimes these executable files are downloaded to our computer without our knowledge and once downloaded, they run automatically and our system is compromised.
To overcome this issue, the AppSamvid app(software) was created. This software gives the computer owner the option to define (whitelist) a set of programs they want to run on their system. Once you have added certain programs in the whitelist, only those will be executed and no other program (exe) can run. This makes sure that no executable files can run on the system without your permission.
Appsamvid app is available to download for all Microsoft Windows-based operating systems.
To take care of this, “Browser JSGuard” plugin was launched under the Cyber Swachhtakendra program. This plugin can be installed on Google Chrome & Firefox browser. Once installed and downloaded, this plugin will alert the user when they visit any spammy webpage.
Cyber Swachhta Kendra App Download | Install Security Software Developed by Indian Government’s Cyber Swachhta Centre @www.cyberswachhtakendra.gov.in
I hope you now know about the various programs (software) available for free under the Indian Govt’s Cyber Swachhta Kendra initiative. Now, let’s find out how to download these. Kindly use the below-given links to install the respective tools on your computer system:
|Download Free Bot Removal Tool||HERE|
|Download USB Pratirodh||HERE|
|Download Browser JSGuard||FIREFOX & CHROME|
What is Free Bot Removal Tool?
The Indian Govt’s “Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)” along with security company Quickheal developed a program to make sure systems don’t become a part of botnets (virus infected computers) namely Bot removal tool. This software is totally free to download & use.
What is Cyber Swachhta Kendra?
It is a part of “Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)” that focuses on creating free security solutions that can be used by people to keep their computer systems safe.
Which tools are available free of cost to secure your computer/mobile from hackers & cybercriminals?
They are : Free Bot Removal Tool, USB Pratirodh, Appsamvid, Browser JSGuard.