The rogue of the internet, and something that still continues to plague us to this day, is the different types of malware that are out there.
While I wish that wasn’t the case, it still truly is.
The malware that is already out there is pretty powerful.
We still have not seen the worst of it yet.
Computers get cheaper while at the same time getting stronger, the malware writers are out there and using that fact to their advantage; they are creating even more powerful attacks that are harder to stop.
There has to be some way that we can curb the tide against this menace.
There are many different people that are out there trying to come up with unique and creative solutions that will be able to stop this from happening.
One unique solution that has been proposed is that whenever a computer on the internet has been exposed to a known virus, that this computer automatically becomes quarantined from the internet.
This means that the computer will not be able to log on to the internet through an ISP.
Why Is This An Effective Solution?
When you have an infection that is attacking the body or an infection that is spreading from person to person, the best way to stop it is to cut the infection off at the source.
This means that if you have an infection in the body that can’t be cured through traditional means then you have to take that body part out.
Also, if you have a person that is infecting all of the people around them with a virus, then you cut that person off from the rest of the people in the room until they are cured.
This is the same thing that is being proposed for a person’s personal computer.
If your computer is found to be on the internet with a known infection that is being spread around to other people then you will be cut off.
That particular computer will not be able to get on the network and the account will be flagged and examined at a later date.
This may seem like a harsh solution but it is one with the potential to be effective.
There are too many people out there that do not take the time to make sure that their computer is secured.
Some will argue that a solution like this hurts the people who are not technical enough to run antivirus software on their computer but I don’t believe that this argument holds water – we expect people with cars to take them to a mechanic to make sure that everything is safe and if they take the car to an inspection and it fails then the car is not allowed on the road until it passes.
This solution is no different.
If the person is not able to do it themselves then they can take the computer to a professional.
How Would Such A Solution Be Implemented?
The main concern that you hear from people when it comes to a solution like this is how they would implement it.
They fear that the only way that ISP’s will be able to block a computer from the network for reasons of malware is that they will have to examine every piece of data that comes over the network.
They fear that through this examination, the ISP will be able to pick up private details about you.
This can be avoided if they black list the data that they are looking for.
While they will still examine the data that comes through their pipes, which they probably already do anyway, only the offending code would be black listed.
Once the offending, black listed code is located, only then should they be able to access your IP and then start to examine whether they should shut down your account or not.
Users Would Need To Be Warned Before Disconnection
While this idea may not be fool proof it is a good starting point in the discussion of protecting the internet.
While there are some privacy issues that must be sorted out, overall this may be something that is able to be implemented.
But if you start to kick people off of the internet and they do not know why, because the malware is in the background and they see nothing wrong with the computer, then they will start to get upset.
They will not take the time to run a scan on their system to see if there is truly a problem.
When most people think of malware, they think of their computer screwing up.
If they do not see a problem then they do not think that there is one and they will believe that the ISP’s are the ones in the wrong.
This is why you must give them a warning before you do anything as drastic as taking them off of the internet.
If by the end of the warning date, they do not get rid of the malware, then it might be time to kick them off.