Aiming to protect digital devices from viruses and malware threats, the government has launched the Cyber Swachhata Kendra (Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre) website. People can now visit this website and download free security tools for computers and mobile devices. The website has been launched in collaboration with the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in).
The various software tools available on the website have been developed by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). Solutions include AppSamvid, which is a white-listing tool. This tool protects the computer by allowing the execution of pre-approved files, while blacklisting all other viruses. There’s also Pratirodh tool, which has been designed to protect portable USB storage devices. Another tool on offer is the MKavach, which is essentially an anti-virus and malware protection software for Android devices. MKavach protects mobile devices from security threats arising from WiFi, Bluetooth and camera. All the tools and applications on the website are available completely free of cost.
The new website was launched by Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. “By the end of 2017, the IT ministry will come up with a new architecture that will allow it to work with state governments and sectoral CERTs under CERT-in to maintain stricter vigil on the country’s digital ecosystem,” Prasad said.