The Border Gateway Protocol as a Means to Navigate the Internet Securely

Hackers and identity thieves will do everything to get the information that they wanted, and one of the most common techniques that they use to lure people into giving out their information is phishing. This method has been around for decades, and it involves the creation of a fake email or link which would direct the user to a page similar to what they intend to visit. For example, clicking a phishing link from an email could redirect someone to a bogus Facebook home page, allowing them to enter their username and password without really logging into the home page. The information supplied will be sent to the hackers and they will be using it for their own gains. Hackers who are using the phishing method has been successful in obtaining the information that they wanted, and the victims would never realize that they have given their information to the hackers.

The border gateway protocol, or BGP for short, was created to prevent phishing schemes and other similar techniques that aim to redirect someone to a suspicious link. BGP acts as a guide to the DNS, which is the main highway for information. When someone types in a URL, they will be redirected to the website with the help from the DNS, but it would never be possible without the guidance coming from the BGP. They act as a sign so that the DNS can get through its destination efficiently. The routing protocol that powers the BGP is able to transfer any information and data all over the internet. It can also transfer any information and data to various gateways, and even in autonomous systems.

Because of the security measures that it promises, BGP became an industry standard when it comes to the protection of sensitive information. The BGP also acts as the main communicator to other systems and network paths. This makes communication between two different technical destinations simpler, without sacrificing the protection and security. Prior to the creation of a networking BGP, the Exterior Gateway Protocol, or EGP for short, is the protocol used to guide the DNS to its destination. However, the creators of EGP have realized that the system lacks the security that they wanted, so they proceeded to create a new protocol giving way to the rise of the BGP. Through the years, BGP has undergone several developments and upgrades, with the current version being published in 2006. The BGP was first used on the internet back in 1994, and subsequent versions were created to improve the internet experience.

BGP has been changing the way people look into internet security. However, the BGP is not far from being perfect, and it also has its flaws. One of the most recent scandals erupting from the mishandling of the BGP protocol resulted in the hacking of several cryptocurrencies amounting to thousands of dollars. People who are behind the BGP protocol are already investigating what went wrong, while at the same time assuring those who are using their protocol that the BGP is still safe to use.