Even if your employees are only surfing the web, they are still vulnerable to various types of online threats, especially when working form home, using multiple devices, or connecting to different networks. It is recommended that you as the business owner put browser security measures in place to reduce the risk of potential data loss.
Install anti-malware software
Most browsers have now been programmed to block websites with malicious content, i.e., websites that can deliver malware to your systems. The downside is, that even the most advanced browser cannot block all the malicious web pages out there, especially if a website is legitimate but has been converted into an unwitting mule for malware.
Since browsers blocking all malware infections from websites seems to be impossible, it is crucial that you install anti-malware software on every device used by you and your employees. This software will work to protect you from known viruses, worms, and other malicious software that are designed to capture your data and severely damage your IT systems.
Have everyone in your organization use a virtual private network (VPN)
Hackers can pry into your internal channels and external communications with your customers and business partners to steal sensitive information, such as account login credentials and banking details. Lucky for you, you can use a VPN to encrypt your interment traffic. Essentially, a VPN will block any unauthorized party from being able to read any messages you or your staff sends out and receives via a web browser or another medium.
Install ad blockers
While most online ads are not harmful, some of them will collect and send your data to third party sources that will then send you more targeted ads based on the data extracted about you. Also, clicking the links on some of these ads will bring you to malicious sites. Thankfully, you can install an ad blocker that will help to keep away suspicious pop-ups and banner ads from showing up on your browsers.
Stop online activity trackers
If you don’t want to be monitored by third parties while you are on the internet, you can use private browsing mode, such as Private Browsing on Safari and Incognito on Chrome. Private browsing will also protect you from types of malware and cookie tracking. You can also use browser extensions that stop social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, from tracking your online behavior and collecting other information about you. Such browser extensions include Privacy Badger and Ghostery.
The simple act of surfing the internet has become a recent concern regarding the amount of information companies collect and the constant threat of cyber-attacks. If you don’t have sufficient protections in place to protect you and your employees, your data and your company could be at a severe risk. If you don’t have any protections in place or are looking to improve your current defenses, fill out the form below to get in touch with our team of experts. We will start working as soon as possible to protect your company from all the potential cyber threats out there.
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