Web browsing is a key method for employees to access the tools and systems of their business from their laptops or mobile devices, regardless of where they are. Cyber threats use it as one of the most popular attack methods to steal information and gain access to systems.
There are a variety of factors that go into secure web browsing, such as making sure your browser is running the most up-to-date version, enabling features that block pop-ups and other security threats, making sure that plugins and extensions are safe (especially those downloaded from untrustworthy sources) and keeping track of the ways that websites handle encrypted communications with the browser. It is also important to inform employees about safe browser behavior and encourage to report any suspicious behavior to the security team’s administrative staff as soon as they can.
The most reliable browsers to browse securely on the internet support secure communication between the web server and the user. This can be done through HTTPS, or more commonly by using a lock icon that signifies that a site secure web browsing uses encrypted communication. Browsers should also permit users to choose granular options to regulate the way cookies are processed and what websites they should or shouldn’t visit. Browsers must also be fast and user-friendly. Even the most secure browser will not perform if it is slow or difficult to use.
Businesses should be aware of the fact that a browser that has a high level of security may generate multiple warnings each day. This could result in employee burnout and a balance needs to be struck between setting security to the highest level while avoiding frequent warnings that could adversely affect the work environment.