The bevy of security software in any modern workplace—firewalls, antivirus, anti-malware—can give a sense of adequate security. But the truth is that with newer methods of cyber attacks being discovered, workstations are never fully safe when online. What enterprises need is not more faith on their security measures, but constant vigilance.
That includes following these tips for browsing safety:
- Scan all email: Email still remains the easiest way to hack a system, because it is only after you have clicked on the link contained in the message that you get to understand its true repercussions. It’s very important to install a good email scanning software and check every outgoing and incoming email message.
- Disposable email addresses: Email spam can make life difficult for you, especially when your personal account is getting flooded. The solution is to create a disposable email address (this service is offered by almost all major email providers) that can be deleted in case it’s getting too much spam.
- Stay alert for phishing: Despite being around for a long time, phishing is still the most dangerous form of cyber attacks. It’s best to stay on guard all the time, and not give in to any email or message that asks you to enter personal information or seeks sympathy. Also pay close attention to URLs for a possible domain redirect.
- Stored passwords: Never save website passwords in browsers, as these are kept in files and can be extracted by an attacker. Also don’t use the “remember me” option on websites because it keeps your password on cookies and can be easily stolen.
Staying alert is the best form of defense when browsing online. More so for enterprises where protection of sensitive business data is involved.