In today’s modern business world, there are a few technologies that you simply can’t go without. You need a phone. You need email. You need the Internet.
Simple as that.
However, just because they’re all necessities doesn’t mean you should trust them all implicitly. This is especially true of the Internet and the way you use it.
The apps you download and the browser you rely on have varying degrees of default security – without double checking what you’re working with and taking the right steps to stay secure, you could be exposing yourself to potential risks.
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Put simply, the default settings for browsers can leave you vulnerable.
Furthermore, each browser has differing levels of privacy and security built into their systems. Spend some time researching browsers to figure out which browser offers the privacy and security your campaign is looking for.
Once you’ve chosen a browser, you can maximize your privacy and security by adjusting the default setting as follows:
- Disable autofill, remembering passwords, and browsing histories.
- Do not accept cookies from third parties.
- Clear all forms of browser history when closing the browser.
- Block ad tracking.
- Enable ‘do not track’ requests to be sent to websites.
- Disable browser data collection.
- When certificates are requested, ensure the browser requests your permission to provide them.
- Disable cache (or storing) of web pages or other content, or set the cache size to zero.
- Enable browser capabilities to block malicious, deceptive or dangerous content.
Furthermore, on the mobile end of your operation, you need to think about the devices and apps that connect to your network and business data. As a rule of thumb, you should have a policy set in place for which devices can connect to your business network.
If an app is for performing a service, like banking or shopping, only allow the specific app designated by the service provider (like the specific bank or store). If the app isn’t on your approval list, then it shouldn’t be installed on a device linked to your network. Don’t let mobile apps access any information on your device unless it’s absolutely critical to the functionality of the app.
Lastly, don’t forget to keep apps and browsers as up to date as possible. Routinely look for and install the latest patches available.
Brian Gray, MCP, is the President at Kraft Technology Group, LLC (KTG), an affiliate of KraftCPAs PLLC. Within his role, Brian is responsible for all aspects of service delivery to our clients. Brian has a decade of experience working for managed service providers. He has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, accounting, legal, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.