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Myths Of Safe Web Browsing

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Posted on: 26/07/2012   By: Neil Barrett

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about safe web browsing. You might think you're being safe but without the facts it's next to impossible to stay protected against today's fast changing threats. In this article I describe the top four myths of safe web browsing ...

what a nightmare to find out you downloaded a virus when you thought you were safe surfing

what a nightmare to find out you downloaded a virus when you thought you were safe surfing

It's really important to know the threats out there and there are many misconceptions about what is and what isn't safe. So what are the four greatest myths?

  • Myth 1 - A strict browsing policy that only lets users visit trusted sites keeps us safe

    Every website presents a risk, there is no such thing as a trusted site any more then to make matters worse anonimising proxies make it easy for users to bypass most web policies. Web threats are no longer the preserve of dark corners of the web such as gambling and adult sites, hackers have long since moved on to target more mainstream popular trusted sites to distribute malware and infect victims. So while blocking inappropriate sites is important it is not an effective security measure on its own. Your antivirus solution should have advanced web malware detection to scan all website content as it is accessed. This will catch the latest threats on any site before they can become a problem.

  • Myth 2 - Scanning downloaded files for viruses keeps us secure

    While it is important to scan download files is not going to keep your users from getting infected. "Drive-by" infections are very common type of silent attack that can infect visitors to websites who do nothing more than visit a page, and most of the time they won't even be aware that it's happened. Again, making sure your antivirus solution scans website content as it is accessed and is not reliant on signature-based malware detection, but can detect any suspicious behaviour in real time should help prevent most of these attacks.

  • Myth 3 - Using a browser like Google Chrome offers better protection

    Even though chrome is considered amongst the most secure browsers, a reputation Firefox once had, hackers are constantly testing new exploits. In a recent hacking competition (yes, really) one competitor managed to hack Chrome in just 5 minutes. Whatever browser you use make sure you download and install the latest updates as they become available to keep the risk to a minimum.

  • Myth 4 - Macs are more secure than PCs

    Mac OS X is a completely different operating system from Windows and has many built-in security features. However, as Macs become more popular, both at home and in the workplace, they will be targeted more by hackers and malware infections will increase. If you haven't already, deploy a Mac antivirus solution and as with Windows machines make sure your Mac is fully patched at all times to reduce the number of potential vulnerabilities.

For a free review of your network security or for any other IT related query please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 (0) 1327 300311. To see a testimonial of Keba's services please check out the Bedknobs and Broomsticks blog post!

Until next time ...


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I have always worked in the IT industry both for in-house IT departments and outsourcing companies. My first position was for a large managed services provider in Coventry, based full-time on a customer site in Northamptonshire. It was during this assignment I was exposed for the first time to the UNIX & Linux operating systems which I still enjoy looking after today. By the time I left there I was running the Department and went on to head up the IT department of the distribution arm of a manufacturing company on the Warwickshire / Northamptonshire border.

Although the position was well paid and had great benefits, it wasnt particularly challenging and that's when I set up my own business. Keba was born. It was about nine months later in the summer of 2002 that that I decided to do it full-time and never looked back.


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