How can your employee’s browsing habits affect your company?
There is no longer any privacy when you’re browsing the web. Short of using a Tor server, most online interaction is being collected in some way – which means your employee’s innocent internet browsing could end up becoming a data leak for online entities.
A few years ago, this data may not have seemed like a huge deal – so what if advertisers want to know our preferences? But after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, business leaders and private citizens alike have realized that their shared data can do a lot more than just target ads – and it’s now more critical than ever to ensure safe surfing of the web.
Teach Them to Clear Their Cookies
If you’ve been on the web more than once, you’re likely seen the pop-up most websites have that alerts you to their use of “cookies.” These messages themselves are usually not ominous – nor is the data collected, but if you’re really trying to improve web surfing security, clearing these will be a priority.
Cookies themselves are small files placed on websites to help store data about your browsing habits – mainly to help advertisers track your ad-viewing progress. Although cookies themselves are not a direct threat to you or your network, they have in the past been used for hacks like XSRF and cookie tossing attacks.
For the most part, clearing cookies is just to ensure no one is monetizing your browsing habits – and can be done in your web browser’s setting menu by clearing your cache (saved files from opened web pages) and cookies. Some browsers may also have the option to disable cookies, which means no one will be able to store them on your computer and track your habits. It’s smart to have employees regularly check this and clear their cookies to avoid having their information tracked.
Improve Surfing Habits
One of the easiest ways to improve web surfing security is to know what not to do. And for many folks, especially in the corporate world, this isn’t as cut-and-dry as it seems.
Teaching your employees effective safe surfing practices can help reduce the threat of internet monitoring. These simple steps include avoiding on clicking ads or any kind of phishy email or link, ensuring accounts are not left signed in on public or easy-to-access computers, and having employees communicate exclusively through their secure work emails.
It only takes one bad link to get your network infected. Training your employees on how to avoid falling into the trap is imperative.
Install a Virtualized Private Network (VPN)
If you’re serious about protecting your employee’s web safety, then implementing a virtualized private network (VPN) is the way to go.
VPNs are already commonplace in a lot of organizations for access to on-site files from remote locations, but they play a major hand in cybersecurity as well. In its basic form, you can think of a VPN like a firewall for internet browsing – it creates private, encrypted channels for you to connect to while browsing public data, effectively making your network connection virtually secure.
Using a VPN is the most secure way to browse the web, but it can come at a price – not all VPNs are created equal, and if you’re not careful, you could end up paying for a service that could send your data to the highest bidder.
If you’re truly worried about keeping your employee’s internet browsing secure, then the best choice of action is to partner with a local IT consultancy. At NENs, we have years of experience in implementing and maintaining cyber security initiatives like VPNs and firewalls to keep our user’s data secure and can manage the tools, so you don’t have to.
Give us a call today to learn more about our cybersecurity offerings and how we can protect you and your data.