We underestimate today how much we rely on our web browsers in everyday life. There are lots of different browsers available all with different pros and cons, and some users utilise browsers for more than just browsing, such as using plugins.
Whilst browser security has significantly increased over the years there are some key features that companies should be aware of when conducting business online. With the amount of sensitive information on, or being accessed by, a web browser it is an attractive target for security breaches.
Whilst most well-known browsers are inherently secure by default, the configuration of browsers is what is important.
Which Web Browser
When deciding on a browser to use, think of the following:
Web Applications – sometimes corporate web applications can only be accessed by certain browsers. Make sure whichever browser is selected has the correct security features.
Power Consumption – some browsers drain device power more than others
Safe Browsing lists – some browsers have these inbuilt.
Windows Defender Application Guard – some browsers come with this feature as standard.
Support – does the browser have support services?
Managing Web Browser
It’s important that users carry out the following management protocols:
- Install updates where necessary
- Anti-virus software to protect against malware
- Do not bypass any security certificate alerts
- Check the security on in-built cloud syncing features
- Manage closely the use of plugins and patch where necessary
- Use of extensions – may seem useful but may have security flaws.
- Managing cookies
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