Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Which browser is safe for your clients to use?


When building a website it is important to make sure your website works in different browsers but which browser is safe for your clients to use?

There is a load of information on the web about which browser to use for safety. Below are a few bits of information we have found out for ourselves - but how safe is the information?

Hackers etc. are a very sophisticated breed, they adapt and stay ahead of the curve. :
'During the 2011 hacker conference, Pwn2Own, hackers attacked four popular browsers: Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. The hackers were able to quickly compromise Internet Explorer and Safari. In fact, these hackers were able to hack the browsers so thoroughly that they managed to write files on the hard drive of the computer they were attacking. Interestingly (and contrary to the Accuvant study findings), Chrome and Firefox both resisted hacking attacks during the exercise...' Read more on Zone Alarm
It is important to make sure your clients are safe. They also have a moral responsibility to make sure the websites they visit remain safe too. They should investigate and research the points below.
  • Make sure you have a Strong Password Do you use one password to access several websites? Your unique password should contain at least eight characters, a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols – for every account you have.
  • Security Updates for your Browser and Operating System  It is important to keep your computer up to date with all security updates for your operating system, protection software and your browser(s).
  • Protect Yourself Against Spyware Spyware is malware downloaded to your computer or website, without your knowledge or consent, that runs in the background and collects information about you: Make sure whatever anti-virus program you're running on your personal computers includes spyware protection, as well.
  • Use Caution When Entering Information Online When providing personal or financial information online, be certain that you have a secure connection. The URL in the address bar should change from "http" to "https" or "shttp." A closed padlock symbol also often indicates that the connection is secure.
  • Use Discretion When Sharing Information Use discretion when updating social media websites. Even if you limit the number of people who have access to your profile, tweets, etc., keep in mind that the information is still published online and can be copied and pasted elsewhere. If anyone asks you for personal information, make sure they are who they claim to be and that there is a legitimate reason for the request.

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