Swachhta, cleanliness should be inside out.  So why should your computers and mobiles be any different?

The Ministry of IT has taken the Swachh Bharat Mission to a wider horizon. It has launched the Cyber Swachhta Kendra – taking the virtual reality for a cleaning spree.

As more Indians start to use internet services, all the more they face the risk of virus and malware attack on their devices. The Prime Minister of India has also compared cyber threat to a bloodless war.

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has initiated Cyber Swachhta Kendra which will work on botnet cleaning and fight against malware.

This 90-crore Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre is providing antivirus software for computer, laptop and mobile devices.

Most of the antivirus available in the market are either trial packs or have to be bought. But this institution is giving away free antivirus and is available for anyone to download and use.

Internet Service Providers have been told to spread the message among their consumers to use this free service.

The Cyber Swachhta Kendra will be working closely with Cert-In.

Cert-In is the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team – it deals with the cyber security threats like hacking and phishing in the country. Cert-In is a Government organization under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Cert-In collects data from all over the world on cyber attacks, especially ones happening in India. Analyzing this data, it sends the hacker data and links to the banks and ISPs (Internet Service Providers).  Cyber Swachhta Kendra will provide antivirus software to users to specifically fight these cyber attacks. 13 banks and 58 ISPs have already boarded this method.

Cyber Swachhta Kendra

Along with this also comes M-Kavach – an anti-theft solution for smart phones.

USB Pratirodh will help to secure your pen drive so that your data will not be seen or copied by others.

Another entrée is AppSamvid – this app will help you to identify only legitimate software or apps so that you can safely install those into your device.

Image credits: WACC

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