Almost every Internet user has dealt with plugins at one time or another. They work in synergy with some applications and add additional features to them. Some companies offer protection systems for add-ons that require integration with regular document processing programs, and at first glance, this seems like a good deal. However, as practice shows, this is not a good idea, as plug-ins can lead to serious security threats for your company. In this article, we will tell you why this is the case.
Disadvantages of plugin security systems
Plugins are very often the target of hacker attacks, all because they have many vulnerabilities in their system. First of all, plug-ins tend to load seamlessly into a third-party program, which means that if one such plug-in could get there, other security plug-ins could be integrated there as well. Thus, it turns out that plugins can very easily bypass the security protocols embedded in the program. Also, plugins can often conflict with each other, which reduces the power and efficiency of the security protocols. For example, there are cases where one plugin blocks access and the other simplifies it, in which case when their goals are the exact opposite of each other they cannot qualitatively perform their purpose.
Of course, to prevent this from happening, experts recommend that users carefully study the origin of the application they use to make sure they do not have such a conflict, but most people do not focus on this and install plugins without a backward thought, which can eventually lead to some negative consequences.
Also, plugins are a fairly common phenomenon, which on the part of the hacker is a great vein, and a huge user base encourages them to use plugins to launch their attacks.
In addition, plugins are quite diverse. And the more diverse the panorama, the more ways, and possibilities open up for the cybercriminal to exploit them.
How can I avoid the risks associated with plug-ins?
So, we have already understood why and how add-ons in your company system can lead to security risks, but how then to avoid them? First of all, your organization must have a reliable IT team, on whose professionalism you can rely. In addition to this prerequisite, security analytics and predictive analytics tools can help you. These programs can prevent and effectively eliminate potential threats because they can track all the processes that take place in the system in real-time.
Another way out of this situation could be the categorical rejection of plug-ins, both in the web browsers used by the organization and in websites and applications.
Alternatives to plugins
If you decide to forgo plug-ins, you must provide your company with a robust solution that is sure to guarantee the security of your documents, and fortunately, such solutions already exist.
Virtual data room is an online space that uses no plug-ins in its installation, yet offers a high level of protection for your sensitive documents. VDRs are programs trusted by thousands of companies around the world. They are easy to install and use, have a simplified interface, and allow companies to conduct large-scale business transactions within their space. They use AI and process automation features to do this, greatly simplifying your work and increasing your company’s productivity. They allow you to control access and interaction with your documents, which you set up in-house for each user. The monitoring functions help you control all the processes taking place inside your VDRs, correct errors, and predict the future of the transaction.