The more time we spend online, the more opportunities there are for cyber attacks. The more time we spend online, the more opportunities there are for cyber attacks. The more time we spend online, the more opportunities there are for cyber attacks. (Photo: Pio3 / Shutterstock)

These 5 companies have your (online) back

These leading cyber firms secure everything from banking to Facebook.

Remember Jason Bateman’s desperate character from the movie "Identity Thief"? Even if it was funny, it’s no laughing matter that criminals can steal your online identity so easily.

Still, instant gratification is a pleasure that Internet shopping can give us all – even if we live in remote permafrost Alaska. But before you shop, know that trusted corporate brands are at risk. Now, thanks to five Israeli cyber security companies, fewer thieves are robbing banks, stealing our identity and inserting anything malicious into our emails.

These five companies are making surfing online safer – one click and Facebook swipe at a time.


1. Votiro

Votiro can help detect if a particular email is real or fake.Votiro can help detect if a particular email is real or fake. (Photo: PathDoc/Shutterstock)

Don’t want to disappoint a work colleague by skipping their joke emails that come with attachments? Before you hit the spam button, Votiro aims to smartly intercept fraudulent emails before any damage is done to your computer or phone.

Vulnerabilities can breach the most solid networks through everyday emails from familiar people. Votiro's system is built for larger companies, and its customers include governments, banks and telecommunications firms.


2. Lacoon

Lacoon fills a void by catching breaches on mobile technology where more and more of our online behavior takes place.

We might naturally think of our laptop or desktop computer as more prone to malicious takeovers, but mobile is taking up more of our online time. And criminals are banking on it. Lacoon’s app is designed to run in the background. If malicious behavior is detected on your phone, Lacoon’s engine will tell you what steps to take to neutralize it.


3. Ironscales

Human intervention is the best line of defense when it comes to cyber crimes, says Ironscales.Human intervention is the best line of defense when it comes to cyber crimes, says Ironscales. (Photo: Diego Cervo/Shutterstock)

Getting caught in the snares of a cyber crime is a lot harder now that Ironscales is teaching what it’s preaching: The company gives people behavior tactics and know-how to avoid being ensnared by criminals. The company says that a trained human brain, as opposed to an algorithm, is best at catching criminal behavior online.

The particular crime they are training you for is “spear phishing,” or those emails that come from senders you know, which include sensitive information that only you might have access to. Is that email real or fake? Ironscale can help you solve the case.


4. SenseCy

Facebook on a computer screenSenseCy helps users who get hacked on social media sites like Facebook. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Addicted to clicking on photos and playing videos on Facebook? SenseCy knows you are and works by keeping an eye on our social networks by preventing personal accounts from being hacked.

The company has created a community of social media profiles for sites like Facebook and Twitter. These virtual spies are designed to make friends with criminals and are constantly on the lookout for threats which the company then reports and shuts down.


5. Check Point

These younger Israeli companies mentioned above are framed by the success of Check Point, an Israeli company that invented the world’s first virtual firewall. Today the company provides hardware and software to keep banks, governments and private companies safe and secure.

“Israel has always been hot on security,” Ronald Schmelzer, the chief event wrangler for Tech Breakfast in New York City, tells From The Grapevine. “Yes, it’s because of the early success of Check Point. But it also comes from the training the people there get. They are smart people, and there is a very concentrated tech ecosystem in Israel to make it all come together.”

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