We recently released the Browser Security Guidebook to provide our users and customers with all the information and guidelines to be aware of in order to have a safe and clean in-browser experience. The below article is a snippet of the information available in the guidebook. If you find this blog post interesting and helpful and would like to read more, download the full guidebook here.
Although there are plenty of cyber threats and security risks lurking out there on the web, they can all be easily avoided through proper education and awareness. When it comes to being better protected online, there are certain things we can do to help mitigate risks.
Knowing what to download
Always make sure that you know exactly what you are downloading and why you are downloading it.
If you receive an email with an attachment or link, always make sure you know who the sender is and what you are downloading.
Often, hackers will try and impersonate someone you know, so always ask yourself if you are waiting to receive an email from them.
If a website asks you to download a piece of software or your computer suddenly requests an urgent update with instructions to download a new piece of software, always make sure you double-check that the links are legitimate.
Knowing what links to click on
Much like knowing what to download, it’s always important to make sure that any links you are given to click on are going to take you to a legitimate website.
More often than not, a hacker will deliver malicious malware to you through a link in an email, or ask you to click on a link on a website and then infect your machine.
Much like before, remember to thoroughly check the sender, the source, were you expecting a link, etc. If in doubt, ask the person who sent you the link.
Knowing what extensions to download
Although browser extensions make our lives much easier, you always need to install them with caution. Sometimes, extensions might be really useful.
However, if they are malicious, or your permissions are not up to date, they could be collecting and selling your personal information.
Always check the reviews before installing any extensions, ask your peers, and if in doubt, simply do not install it.
Knowing what passwords to use
As with all passwords, it is sensible to always make sure you are using different passwords across every application or online service you use. It’s also good practice to make them as long and as complex as possible.
Reusing the same password isn’t good practice, as once it’s breached, that password will be checked against many other online services, until a match is found.
Ideally, use a password manager. This will enable you to generate unique passwords for every service you use, and you won’t even need to remember them, as they will be stored securely in the password vault.
It is important for users to use a password manager for their own personal passwords too, to avoid personal passwords being breached.
Knowing what sensitive information to input
Typing sensitive information into the browser can be very dangerous. It’s important to always make sure that wherever you are putting the information, the site and network are both secure.
If you ever receive a communication from a sender asking you to input financial information or update your bank details and address, it’s always a good idea to check with the sender, in case someone is impersonating them in an attempt to steal your details.
Although this could prolong your task, it’s always better to be safe.
Education can go a long way towards keeping yourself and your clients safe and secure online, but a good set of specialized tools are essential. Learn more about our MSP password & 2FA management solution MYKI and our browser security solution GUARD and start protecting yourself and your clients today.