Packet switching is the method of breaking data into smaller units, which are transmitted individually over a network, to make the transfer more secure and efficient.

Since the data travels as smaller data packets, it is easy to monitor and identify any security threats like malware. However, hackers can employ various tactics to cause data leaks, so you should always know how to protect your data.

Stopping Packet Switching Hacker Attacks

Types of Packet Switching

1. Connectionless Packet Switching

Connectionless packet switching or datagram switching involves individual routing of multiple packets. This means that each packet carries complete routing information. It also means the possibility of different transmission paths and out-of-order delivery depending on the fluctuating loads on the network’s nodes (routers, adapters, and switches).

2. Connection-oriented Packet Switching

Connection-oriented packet switching, virtual circuit switching, or circuit switching assembles and numbers data packets before they travel along a predefined route in sequence. Unlike connectionless switching, address information is unnecessary as packets maintain their order throughout transmission.