Understanding Denial-of-Service Attacks
Post by Jawad Ahmad Riaz
Introduction to denial of service attacks
Denial of service attack is also known as DOS in short. It refers to the use of the others computer in order to protect your information, data or services. In this attack the attacker bounds you form accessing your email accounts, websites, online banking accounts and other searching sites or other services that are available by targeting your computer and the network. When this attack is in progress you can see specific indications on your screen or some kind of broadcast message.
The commonly occurring denial of service attack is seen in many networks when different attackers send bulk information on the network in terms of networking this information is called as flood. When you type in the address bar in actually you areas ending the request to the websites server to view that web page. The server doest process all the request, in the denial of service attack the attacker overloads the web server then it can process your request and can track your working and confidential information. Your browser can get held or and you would just see the still screen but at the back end the attacker steals your information.
How Denial of Service attack works
In denial of service attack the attackers sends flood information on computer networks and can also send you spam messages through emails services to initiate the attack by using your email account even the account provide by the secure email service providers such as yahoo, hotmail and Google mail cannot handle the denial attacks out of the quota that they offer for the free email services. Only paid email services can protect this attack to some extent. the denial attackers can also send you copied mails by the name of the registered email providers .its essential that you remain conscious while dealing with the emails and avoid extra email exploring. at present there are more complex attacking structures integrated with the denial of service attack which immediately take charge of the your computer and accounts just by clicking on the attacking link.
Prevention from the Denial Attack problem
- Its our misfortune that still there is no effective way for totally avoiding the denial of service attack problem but there are some security habits that can prevent this attack to some extent and the chances of being the victim an be reduced. Some of them are listed below.
Install and properly maintain the good anti virus software .it is recommended that you should choose the anti virus program that detect the maximum number of malicious odes and infections form your computer.
- Restrict the additional traffic form the network and stop taking excess broadcast messages form the other computer locating in your network. Firewall can also prevent the extra network messages. Avoid spam messages.
- Prevent your data as mush as you can .the most common way for protecting is the use of strong and long password at each folder of your computer.
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