There’s no getting away from web browsers in the workplace. Whether you’re checking your emails on Office365, booking annual leave on MyHR, or searching for IT Support on our Knowledge Base, web browsers are omnipresent. They’re also omnipresent for bad actors attempting to exploit unsafe browsing habits. Give yourself an immediate cybersecurity boost with these tips.
- Install anti-virus (‘AV’) on your computer and keep it up-to-date. Install AV software on your home devices to defend them from malware. Keep your AV software up-to-date to receive the latest protection from new and emerging threats. IT Services offer free anti-virus protection for students and staff at the IT Service Centre.
- Keep your operating system, software, and browsers up-to-date. Install updates and patches for security vulnerabilities to secure your digital environment from known security vulnerabilities. Don’t ignore requests from your devices to apply updates.
- Use a virtual private network (‘VPN’) when browsing remotely. Use a VPN to hide your IP address and encrypt your data so it can’t be deciphered by bad actors. IT Services offer VPN services to connect to the University’s network in remote locations.
- Avoid using insecure public Wi-Fi networks. Avoid connecting to insecure public Wi-Fi to protect your web activity from being monitored and your personal data can’t be stolen by bad actors. Watch out for rogue access points which disguise illegitimate Wi-Fi networks which can be used by bad actors to steal confidential information and distribute malware.
- Only use websites you’re sure are safe. Look out for a padlock in your address bar for assurance data you send over the web is encrypted and can’t be intercepted by bad actors.
- Only download attachments and software from trusted sources. Double-check the safety of the website from which you’re downloading to protect your device from malware which may be hidden in malicious advertising, downloads from peer-to-peer file sharing sites or on physical media (e.g. a CD/DVD or USB removable storage).
- Keep your passwords/passphrases secure. Use long, memorable, and unique passwords (with a bit of complexity) for the services you access over the Internet. Use a password manager as well to make it easier for you to remember all your passphrases.
- Watch out for phishing attacks. Be vigilant for poor spelling and grammar, impersonal greetings, requests for personal information, mismatched URLs, and unrealistic threats in your emails to prevent your passwords and confidential information being compromised by bad actors.