The next big thing in internet security is web 3.0 security, and it’s already starting to take shape. Web 3.0 will be a more distributed and decentralized web, where data isn’t controlled by central authorities like governments or corporations.
This new wave of the internet has the potential to be much more secure than the current one because it will be less centralized and, therefore, less vulnerable to attack. But before we can realize this vision of a securer web, we need to overcome some significant challenges.
One challenge facing Web 3.0 security is that users will have greater control over their personal data. That means they could potentially have sensitive information about themselves without realizing it — or worse, intentionally share it with malicious actors. Another worry is that as the technology underlying the blockchain becomes better understood, adversaries will find new ways to get around its protections.
Finally, there’s much work still needed to design user interfaces that protect people from making bad decisions when using decentralized applications (Dapps). If Dapps are difficult for regular users to understand and use securely, they won’t become widely adopted regardless of how secure they may actually be.
Despite these challenges, many experts remain optimistic about web3.0 security due in part because these same technologies offer ways to address other well-known pain points of today’s internet, such as the siloing of data and unreliable identity management solutions providers, by promoting trustless interactions between independent parties.
How Will Web3 Improve Security?
The proliferation of web-connected devices has led to a new era of security concerns. The interconnectedness of the internet of things means that data breaches and malware attacks have the potential to cause widespread damage. Web 3.0 is the next generation of the internet, which promises to be more secure and efficient than its predecessors. Here are four ways web 3.0 will improve security:
1) Improved Authentication Methods: One major issue with online security is identity theft. Hackers can easily access personal information such as names, addresses, and Social Security numbers by stealing login credentials or spoofing websites. Web 3.0 aims to solve this problem through improved authentication methods such as biometrics and blockchain technology.
2) Enhanced Data Protection: Another concern with current web security is that sensitive information is often stored on centralized servers where it can be hacked. With Web 3.0, user data will be scattered across a decentralized network, making it much harder for hackers to gain access. In addition, newer encryption methods will make it more difficult for cybercriminals to decipher stolen data.
3) Improved Malware Detection: Current antivirus software does not always do an effective job at detecting all types of malware, leading many computer users to inadvertently infect their systems without even knowing it. Web 3.0‘s enhanced ability to collect and analyze large amounts of data could mean better detection rates for Zero-day exploits (attacks against previously unknown vulnerabilities) and other sophisticated forms of malware.
4) Smarter Firewalls: Firewalls are one line of defense again intrusion attempts, but they can be tricked into guessing wrong about what constitutes malicious traffic. Web 3.0 expects to add increased intelligence to these systems, so they are less likely to be fooled as well as being able to provide real-time protection against new threats.
How to Increase Web3 Security
There are many ways to increase Web 3.0 security, but here are three of the most important:
1) Use HTTPS Everywhere: This extension for Chrome and Firefox encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
2) Install a Plugin like NoScript: NoScript allows you to whitelist the scripts that run on websites you visit, making it harder for malicious code to execute. It’s available as an add-on for Firefox, Chromium, and Opera browsers.
3) Be Wary of Phishing Emails and Links: Phishing is a type of social engineering attack in which criminals try to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or downloading malware by masquerading as a trusted entity in emails or online posts. To protect yourself from phishing attacks, be suspicious of unsolicited emails and links sent via instant messages or social media platforms — even if they appear to come from someone you know
While there is no central authority that controls the security of web 3.0, much like how no one technically owns the internet, individuals and organizations can take steps to improve their own security online by using encryption, privacy-enhancing technologies, and practising vigilance while online.
Numen Cyber Labs is committed to facilitating the safe development of Web 3.0. We are dedicated to the security of the blockchain ecosystem, as well as operating systems & browser/mobile security. We regularly disseminate analyses on topics such as these, please stay tuned for more!
This blog was originally published on our Medium Account.