The Top Browser Threats

When end users venture out onto the Internet, it’s easy to get tangled up in the vast web of threats lurking on many website pages. Some of them are readily apparent, but others are well hidden.

Malvertising —a form of malicious code that distributes malware through online advertising—can be hidden within an ad, embedded on a website page, or bundled with software downloads. This type of threat can be displayed on any website, even those considered the most trustworthy.

End users also need to beware of social media scams. Hackers have created a playground of virtual obstacles across all the major social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, via malicious links, fake pages, and other phishing schemes.

Website Browsing Best Practices for Employees

  • Be conservative with online downloads.
  • Beware of fake antivirus pop-ups.
  • Interact only with well-known, reputable
  • Confirm each site is the genuine site and not a fraudulent site.
  • Determine if the site utilizes SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), a security technology for establishing encrypted links between Web servers and How?  The front of the URL will have https:// instead of http:// in it.
  • Don’t click links in emails—go to sites
  • Use social media best practices.