Web browsing is an essential method for employees to connect to business tools and systems from their laptops or mobile devices, wherever they are. It is also one of the most frequent attack vectors cybercriminals use it to gain access to data and systems.
Secure web browsing entails numerous factors, such as making sure that your browser version is the latest in addition to enabling features that block pop-ups, ensuring that extensions and plug-ins have been tested for security (especially in the case of downloads from unreliable sources) and observing how websites handle encrypted communication via the browser. It is also crucial to educate employees on safe browser behavior and encourage them to report any suspicious behaviour to the security departments of the administration immediately if they notice any suspicious behavior.
The most secure browsers for web browsing are those that enable secure communication between the server and the user – via HTTPS or, more commonly with an icon of a green lock that indicates the site uses encrypted communications. Browsers must also allow users to set granular options, so they can decide how cookies are handled and which sites they may or should not visit. Additionally, browsers should provide high performance. Even the most secure browser is useless if it lags and is difficult to use.
Also, businesses must be aware that if a browser has a high security setting it could trigger numerous alerts per day. This could result in employees becoming burnt out. It is essential to strike a delicate balance between setting security at the highest level and staying clear of frequent alerts that may adversely impact the work environment.