Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, is preparing to roll out a new internetwork protocol (IP) that it says will make it more difficult for hackers to take over a system.
Internetworking will be used to create “secure environments” for internet traffic, such as email, video streaming and social media.
“We believe that IP can be used in many other ways to protect users, such for security and privacy,” Microsoft said in a blog post on Thursday.
IP stands for Internet Protocol.
Microsoft is expected to roll-out Internetworking in the UK and the US, and the technology will be available to the general public by the end of the year.
The move comes amid concerns about security around online services.
Last year, Microsoft was forced to close the company’s Internet Explorer online browser after security researchers reported that it allowed an unauthenticated attacker to remotely hijack a user’s internet connection.
In April, Microsoft and security experts warned that the introduction of internetworking would be detrimental to security because it would mean users could “use any system, device or application to access information that should not be accessible to others”.
The internetworking code, codenamed “BADASS”, was written by the Microsoft Group’s security researchers, according to the company.
It was developed using Microsoft’s Open Source Project, a team of programmers and engineers that work on Microsoft products.
Security researcher Andrew Graham, who has been studying Microsoft’s work, said it was “a big step forward in terms of being able to make it easier to protect networks”.
“It will make us more secure by making it harder for any individual to hijack network traffic,” he said.
Graham said he hoped the new IP would be used more broadly.
“The key thing is that we need to make sure that it’s a secure standard for all platforms, not just Internet Explorer,” he told Al Jazeera.
However, Graham said it might be a “bad thing” to have an internetwork standard.
“[Internetworking] is really an open standard, so it should be easy to use, and it should also be accessible by all,” he added.
With a global market of more than 500m internet users, Microsoft’s announcement comes amid growing concern about security and internet privacy.
Earlier this year, security researchers at security firm Symantec found that Microsoft’s security software was vulnerable to malware.
As of last year, more than 50 million internet users had signed up to use Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform.