When companies experience a security breach, it is often because they were ill-prepared and unsecured. Even vigilant and tech-savvy users sometimes need a reminder about secure web browsing practices. Since all the data stored and shared across your company’s network is at risk, it is well worth taking the time to learn and keep up with changes in internet security do’s and don’ts. Read more to learn about why you need to secure your web browser, how to secure it, and how to avoid any threats while you safely surf the web.
When using a web browser, you are seeking information and access to the world-wide web. Your browser puts a plethora of information and capabilities at your fingertips, but it also brings many risks. Threats include both people (like hackers and scammers) and programs (like viruses and malware) from all across the globe seeking entry through an unsecured browser to access or steal your data. Many of these risks are designed to go unnoticed by the average user.
Some of the more well-known web browsers include Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Opera. All are potentially vulnerable to security threats.
All your documents, pictures/videos, personal files, and private information. Your contact details, financial data and medical records. Any type of data on your device can potentially be lost if you do not take the time to protect it.
It is especially important to secure your web browser if you are accessing a device that is on a shared network with multiple machines. If your web browser were to get hacked while on a shared network like a coffee shop’s free wifi, that hacker could potentially have easy access to every device connected to that network. Everyone – from the customers in line, to the baristas behind the counter, to the manager in the back office, to the upstairs neighbor pirating their wifi – is put at risk.
If you’re on a business IT network, the potential loss grows exponentially, as every user on the network is potentially exposed. These breaches and attacks put companies’ customers and business partners at risk, too. With so much at stake, it makes sense to take a moment to review your browser security and surfing habits to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your precious data.
If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to click here to view, print, or save our handy PDF checklist containing all these tips. Feel free to share this information around your office to help keep you, your coworkers, and your company protected online.
If you are interested in learning more about how to secure you web browser or need any assistance, feel free to give us a call today!
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