Reputation-based security continuously evaluates the status of programs and files on a computer. This type of system protection considers various factors including download source, digital signature, age, and frequency. Norton Internet Security 2010 and Norton Antivirus 2010 offer reputation-based security as a feature. The security software tracks files and programs and uses complex algorithms to calculate their reputation.
What is Reputation-Based Security?
Reputation-based security is a type of protection system that constantly evaluates the status of the programs and files running on your computer. The security software monitors files and programs, as well as other aspects such as their download source, digital signature, age, and frequency. Using several complex algorithms, the reputation of a file is calculated based on these properties. Norton Internet Security 2010 and Norton Antivirus 2010 both offer reputation-based security as a feature.
How Does Reputation-Based Security Work?
Reputation-based security works by continuously monitoring and evaluating the reputation of files and programs on your computer. This means that, instead of relying on traditional signature-based methods, it assesses the frequency, age, and origin of the files before making a decision on whether to permit or block the file.
The reputation of a file or a program is evaluated based on the following factors:
- The age of the file
- The frequency of the file or program on the internet
- The source of the file or program
- The digital signature of the file or program
Using an intricate algorithm, the security software calculates the reputation of files and programs based on these factors. If a file or program has a good reputation score, the security software allows it to run on your computer. If the file or program has a bad reputation score, the software will block it from running.
What Are the Benefits of Reputation-Based Security?
Reputation-based security has several advantages over traditional signature-based methods. Some of the benefits include:
- Quick detection of new threats
- Effective protection against zero-day malware
- Low system resource usage
- Fewer false positives
One of the significant benefits of reputation-based security is its ability to detect new threats quickly. Since it evaluates files and programs based on their download source, age, digital signature, and frequency, it can identify new threats before traditional signature-based methods.
Another advantage of reputation-based security is its effective protection against zero-day malware. Zero-day malware is a type of malware that exploits a vulnerability in software before the vendor has a chance to patch it. Since reputation-based security evaluates files and programs based on their age and frequency on the internet, it can identify zero-day malware before it has a chance to cause damage to your computer.
Finally, reputation-based security uses fewer system resources, resulting in faster and more efficient performance. It also has fewer false positives, which means that it rarely blocks legitimate files or programs from running on your computer.
Reputation-based security is a valuable feature in modern antivirus software. It provides a quick and effective means of identifying new threats, protecting against zero-day malware, and using fewer system resources than traditional antivirus software. Norton Internet Security 2010 and Norton Antivirus 2010 both offer reputation-based security as a feature, making them a reliable choice for users looking for robust antivirus protection.