4 tips for browsing the internet securely at work

How often do you browse the internet? According to Statista, the average user in the United Kingdom spends 35.8 hours a month using the internet.

Many businesses require employees to use the internet to do their job, however it is important that they are not compromising cyber security by doing so. While there are disputes about which internet browser is the safest, whichever browser your employees use, they need to be aware of the threats they could come across daily. It is important that they do all they can to minimise the risk of being compromised by a cyber attack.ipad-820272_1280

Here are our 4 top tips for keeping your web browsing secure: 

  1. Look for ‘https://’ when purchasing online

HTTPS stands for ‘Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure’. When using your browser to purchase goods or services, you need to make sure the URL begins with HTTPS not HTTP. The ‘S’ stands for secure and means information between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is important when making purchases online and when confidential banking transactions are being made.

  1. Keep your browser updated 

Browser updates are released for when security holes are revealed. This is why it is important to keep your browser updated, to ensure you have the latest security patches. We also recommend you look at your current browser privacy and security settings – are you fully comfortable with what is checked and unchecked? It is vital that all employees are aware what information they are potentially allowing cyber criminals to access.

  1. Be careful with shortened URL’s

Shortened URLs are often used on social media such as Twitter due to a word count limit on each tweet. However these URLs are unrecognisable and you can’t be 100% sure that what you are clicking on is genuine.

  1. Shut down your computer

How many of you don’t turn off your computer and simply put it in ‘sleep’ mode? While it may be the end of the day and you’re wanting to get home, you still need to shut your computer down. There are many benefits to fully shutting down your computer, one of them being that it isn’t connected to the internet when turned off. If you leave your computer in sleep mode, you could be leaving your computer open for potential cyber breaches.

If you have any questions about browsing the internet securely, get in touch with our team on 0800 9520652 or email technical@scstechsolutions.co.uk.