What is a Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS)?

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Define Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS).

A host-based intrusion prevention system (HIPS) is an application usually used on a single computer. It complements traditional fingerprint-based and heuristic antivirus detection techniques, since it doesn’t require ongoing updates to counteract new malware. When a malicious code needs to alter the system or other software, an HIPS system will pick up some of the resulting changes and prohibit the action automatically or alert the user for permission. It can deal with encrypted and unencrypted traffic equally and cannot detect events scattered over the network.

A host-based IPS (HIPS) is where the intrusion prevention mechanism is applied to that specific IP address, usually on a…

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