Basic Business Security: Safe Browsing

Basic Biz Sec: Browsing

There’s a lot you can do to secure your business from threats; from protecting important information in your online cloud with the latest software to keeping an eye on employees as well as outsiders by installing CCTV. Nonetheless, cyber attacks seem to be rising in popularity compared to the good, old-fashioned break-in – and the rules have not yet been written to guide you on exactly how to fend them off.

Why Cyber Security?

The first place you start when sitting down with your laptop is usually by opening a browser, no matter if you’re a tech entrepreneur or an SEO startup. The browser is the window to the internet and stores a lot of goodies for cyber criminals out there; your account numbers, passwords, and personal details are left exposed and vulnerable unless you take the necessary steps to keep them to yourself.

It’s not only what hackers might get out of your browsers when accessing them – but it’s also what they might give you, such as malicious malware they use to infect your device with. Come to think of it – tweaking your browser settings will not only keep your information safe, but it will also steer you away from unsafe websites and even block does annoying pop-ups and ads.  

Safe Browser Settings

As we prefer to keep our articles short and sweet, for your convenience, it’s not possible to explain the settings for each browser type – but we’ll provide you with links to each, so you can find the instructions that suits you best.

This one is useful for those using Explorer, and it also provides you with handy links to each setting you should look at. You normally get to disable cookies in these settings as well as nifty options for Chrome users of encrypting all of your synced data with a passphrase – which basically means that a hacker will need this additional passphrase to sync your history and login information. Have a look at this fairly in-depth article for Firefox users; it also includes how to protect yourself from government surveillance and privacy threats in general, making it easy to understand with illustrations for each step.

Browser Tools – Do you need them?

Some of this is done through tools you normally need to perform certain tasks, such as JavaScript for Youtube and Google docs. You should consider if this is something you actually need; by allowing JavaScript on each site, you’re also exposing your business devices to infections from cyber attacks. Besides, by disabling this, you get a much cleaner browsing experience as many ads, and pop-ups also depend on this program to run efficiently.

Disable all cookies as well. You get two types: first-party cookie and third-party cookie. The first type is often put i place by the site itself to remember your password, for example, while the last type is normally sent out by advertisers to track your browsing behavior. Needless to say, you should never allow any sites to remember your passwords – no matter how much you’ve tweaked and secured your browser settings. When an attack does happen, you’ll be happy for the extra security.

Just a regular computer user. I write for regular users like me. When we grow up we are taught basic security tips like how to cross the street. But we are not taught how to take care of ourselves online.