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The web browser is an intricate piece of software. It is used to view websites, videos, games, images, forms and more. Originally designed to show text documents, it can now handle the variety of media that are available via the Internet. This makes it more difficult for security teams to secure the internet, as it has a lot of “weak points” that hackers can attack.

Whether you’re using the default program that comes preloaded on your computer or an alternative browser you’ve downloaded, it’s crucial to ensure that the security settings are set to the highest level possible. This will help reduce the possibility of malware slipping past and installing into your system. It’s also an excellent idea to run the web browser in a restricted user account that doesn’t have administrator rights. Even if malware does manage to penetrate the security settings of your browser, it will not be able manipulate your system.

It’s also an excellent idea to instruct your users on safe browsing practices and habits. This could include teaching users to always select the most secure option on the web browser including disabling auto-complete and regularly clearing saved passwords. It’s also important to remind them that websites should clearly state how their data is being collected and used. Typically, this information can be found in the privacy statement or the agreement of the website. Browser security solutions are also available to eliminate blind spots by analyzing and monitoring the web session for risks and threats. These solutions are device-agnostic and secure, managed and unmanaged mobile devices including BYOD devices and third-party managed mobile devices.

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