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Cyber Security Best Practices: Web Browsers

Cyber Security Best Practices: Web Browsers

Monday morning, just to walk in and web browsing is down... what a way to start.  Web browsing for daily tasks is engraved to daily operations nowadays. Yet, is the thought that one of the most common ways cybercriminals gain access to business networks is through unsecured web browsers etched in your mind? Cybercriminals exploit vulnerabilities in countless browsers daily to launch an attack on systems globally. To ensure the safety of your business, here are a few recommended web browsers to use to start off.

Brave

Brave is a Chromium-based browser that has been gaining traction in recent years. It enables users to browse the web safely and efficiently, using faster boot times and improved security features. It also includes integrated support for popular services like YouTube, Netflix, and Twitch, making it easier than ever to access content without having to worry about malicious ads or popups. Additionally, Brave boasts a series of custom privacy settings to ensure that all user data is secure and online transactions remain private most notably their Private Window with Tor.  This feature takes an alternative route to reach a website, indirectly that is, by using Tor as a proxy.  Furthermore, since it is Chromium-based, Brave's interface is similar to that of Google Chrome, the most popular Chromium-based browser, in nature limiting the need for training on a completely new GUI.

Epic

What sets Epic browser apart from other browsers is its commitment to user security and privacy. Unlike some other browsers that offer no more than basic encryption protocols and cookie deletion features, Epic uses end-to-end encryption and blocks almost all trackers for total privacy. In addition, to protect users’ personal information, Epic does not allow advertising cookies or storing any data about browsing history. And by utilizing a trusted virtual private network (VPN) and Epic’s advanced features, you can protect your online identity from those pesky IP-leaking calls.  The best part is that is the the start of the Epic Privacy Browser's neat feature set.

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is one of the most secure browser options available today, thanks to a variety of key features.  Firefox is another open-source browser on our list, making its code available for anyone to contribute to.  Moreover, it contains an advanced security feature set, including Security Indicators.  Security Indicators display at the left of the web address in the address bar, giving clear notice of potential risks on a given site at a mere glance.  Firefox also has both a standard sandbox approach, which limits the amount of direct access any website or software can gain, and an advanced sandbox for more sensitive information. As a result, malicious sites are blocked before they can affect users’ systems. Furthermore, Firefox regularly runs automatic background updates to ensure that users have the latest security patches applied quickly as a standard. Covering these key cybersecurity fundamentals make Firefox one of the safest browser options available.

In addition, Firefox offers various malware protection and security options to keep you protected. With anti-fingerprinting, improved tracking protection, data breach notifications, and 256-bit encryption, you can configure your level of protection to ensure maximum safety.

Tor Browser

Often credited as the most secure browser for privacy and anonymity, Tor Browser was developed with the befittingly named "Onion Routing" technique. This method allows anonymous communication over a network by encapsulating messages in layers of encryption, similar to the layers of an onion. This decentralized approach can be incredibly useful for high-security roles such as activities, journalists, and others.

Tor also has built-in features that allow users to customize their browsing experience even further, such as disabling javascripts and other tracking technology used by sites. Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor has even recommended Tor as a privacy tool calling it "the most important privacy-enhancing technology project being used today" in a 2015 interview.

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