The importance of internet security is well known. However, safety and security on the internet are like a dense, confusing smoke screen – a hazy area that is difficult to see through and confusing to understand. We know that there are dangers in using the internet, and often accept the risks blindly. The knowledge to manage some these risks is within the control of each computer user. Take a moment to manage these 5 areas within your office, to significantly increase your internet security.
- Use a safer browser. Each browser will offer different levels of protection and exposure, but overall will minimize security risks. The most secure browsers are Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer 10. Each have customizable privacy settings and may even offer third party add-ons for better protection. Keep your browser up to date to ensure safest browsing experience.
- Manage all privacy settings. Adjustable privacy settings are built into electronic devices, software and popular websites; you only need to utilize them. Privacy settings on your computer and browser will help you manage what cookies are stored and which websites are trusted. Also, remember to check the settings in your social media pages. Settings allowing public access mean anyone can contact you, which may be good for a business, but not as appropriate for your personal information. The privacy settings will be based on your internet usage and business goals. For example, the privacy settings will be different for individuals in sales vs. finances.
- Find a trusted antivirus and malware. Different types of threats take different types of software. As a rule, antivirus software protects against the more classic threats like viruses, worms, and trojans. Malware software protects against newer exploits of backdoors, adware and spyware. Consider installing an antivirus that runs in the background and a malware that runs on-demand. Avoid installing two security tools that run all the time in the background, they may interfere with each other and slow the computer down.
- Utilize a firewall. Firewalls are a part of the computer system and prevent incoming data connections. They are also a way to prevent users from accessing certain services online. Most wired and wireless routers feature a firewall right out of the box, and they are generally pre-configured and ready to use. The router’s firewall configuration can generally be accessed using the PC’s web browser.
- Think before clicking. The greatest online risk comes from your own activity. Clean browsing and downloading are the most important step for increased internet security.
Accepting the online risk is something that every user must do, but it doesn’t have to be a blind acceptance. Become a conscious user by managing your settings and computer usage. Make a habit of being suspicious of all emails and websites. This raised awareness can yield internet confidence.