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Cybersecurity System Offers Protection Against Hacking, Censorship


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University of Waterloo researchers have developed an efficient method of decentralized online security that is easy for the average person to use.

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Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have developed a cybersecurity system that sets a new standard in the fight to protect users from malicious online attacks.

Bitforest is one of the first systems to provide an efficient method of decentralized online security in a way that is easy for the average person to use.

The system converts more easily remembered names, such as usernames and domain names, into values like public keys needed for securely communicating with computer services and devices.

The system offers two main features: policy enforcement, which offers greater control over who can input information into the naming system; and identity retention, which uses blockchain technology to prevent identity theft.

Said University of Waterloo researcher Raouf Boutaba, "This particular system will extremely useful in the software updating process, which is when systems are most vulnerable, by providing greater oversight into how those updates can occur and by whom."

From University of Waterloo (CA) News
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