Internet Browser Security Tips

Left unprotected, Internet browsers including: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari are increasingly vulnerable to software attacks and may be a place where malicious software, aka Malware can infiltrate your PC and ultimately breach your network security. There are many things you can do to proactively protect your PC and ultimately protect your data. Here are some tips for avoiding malware and other vulnerabilities from your internet browser.

Keep Your Internet Browser Current

Software publishers routinely release new versions of their internet browsers. Many times these new versions include security patches and updates designed to protect you from attack. While these publishers put their best foot forward into the newest version of their internet browser, they may retire older versions. When they retire these old browsers, they may no longer provide security updates and support. By consulting your IT support professional you can protect your company assets and also receive better performance with enhanced Internet experience.

Keep Your Internet Browser Updated

Software companies publish security patches to keep current and prior versions of their Internet browsers safe from known security vulnerabilities and attacks. By applying these updates as they become available, you minimize your risk of attack. As a policy, you should keep your operating systems and other applications current with security patches to ensure network compliance and avoid unnecessary and unintended interruptions or data loss.

Review and Configure Your Internet Security Options

Most Internet browsers provide options to configure Internet security and Internet privacy settings. The highest levels of security may limit the number of sites you can visit. Lower levels of security may provide options for the user to determine which sites are safe to visit and also prompt the user as to which sites are safe to download files and other content.

Install and Update Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Software

Your browser updates and security settings are your first line of defense in keeping your data protected. Should your systems suffer compromise in the form of a virus or malware intrusion, having up to date Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware software installed may prevent infection when an unintended file or download slips through the cracks.

The Internet is a powerful tool that adds to your company’s productivity and offers competitive advantage. With proper consideration for security, you can safely browse the Internet without concern. If you are not certain about your Internet browser security, updates to Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware software, contact your IT Support team for a consultation.

 

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