Created Dec. 20, 2018
Browsers are used extensively in all typles of devices: desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones. Because of this, they are a target for hackers to exploit and gain unauthorized access. The most popular browsers are: Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, Microsoft’s Edge and Internet Explorer, and Apple’s Safari product.
Here are a few tips to protect against device compromise and worse, lost access to data.
- Accessing websites as part of leisure activity can be risky. Attackers are known to compromise websites with malicious software that can compromise browsers when connection is made. Recommendation: Use two browsers: one for general Internet access, the other for personal banking, shopping or work-related functions. For example, use Chrome with ScriptSafe for general browsing and Edge or Safari for higher risk usage.
- Don’t enable plugins or add-ons that you don’t know about or trust. If you see an interesting add-on, ask for advice on whether the add-on has a good reputation and is actively supported.