Anti-Virus Tools are now Free – Government Launch Cyber Swachhta Kendra

Anti-Virus Toolsare now Free-Government Launch Cyber

Internet users have to no longer shell out money for buying expensive anti-virus for their mobiles and computers. This sure is a very happy news for all who are hooked to the internet.

The IT Ministry launched botnet cleaning and anti­malware analysis center for Rs 90 crore to provide free anti­virus to computers and mobile phones to protect them from malicious software. The Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre have been named Cyber Swachhta Kendra and have58 ISPs and 13 banks that have come on board to use this system.

This is How it Works

  • The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) will collect data from infected systems and send it to ISPs and banks.
  • These ISPs and banks will identify the user and provide them the link to the center.
  • The user will be able to download anti-virus or anti-malware tools to disinfect their devices once they log into the center’s link.

The ministry also launched M-Kavach for security and anti-theft solution for mobile phones, USB Pratirodh to ensure the only authorized person is able to access pen drive and AppSamvid for identifying genuine applications at the time of installations on computers.

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, at the launch, said “I would like ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to encourage their consumers to come on board, there is a free service available. Come and use it in the event some malware has sneaked into the system.”

He added, “Safety and security are integral. As the Prime Minister said the cyber threat is akin to bloodless war. I don’t have the slightest doubt cyber security is not only going to be a big area of Digital Swachh Bharat but also going to be a big area of digital growth, digital employment, and digital commerce.”

Prasad also stated that in order to strengthen cyber security ecosystem in the country, CERTs will be set up at state level along with 10 more STQC testing facilities.

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