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National KE-CIRT/CC Cybersecurity Best Practice Guide of the Week

 

 

In This Issue:

* Secure Your Web Browser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECURE YOUR WEB BROWSER

 

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Definitions

Web browser - is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files.

 

Common web browsers used:

        Google Chrome

        Firefox

        Safari

        Opera

        Internet explorer

        Edge

        360 Browser

 

This security tip will enrich you with the simplest steps you can use to ensure your web browser is secured form threats.

 

Risks Associated

 

* Attackers mainly target web browsers and their plugins to gain access to your information system.

* Browser plug-in is software that adds functionality to a Web browser. Typically, from a third party rather than the browser developer and also called "add-ons" or "extensions," they are used to add toolbars and support a variety of graphics, animation, audio and video formats.

 

How to Protect Yourself

 

By following the below tips, they will keep your browser secure:

1.  Keep Your Browser Updated

-      Use the latest version of your web browser and keep automatic updates enabled. Donít use an outdated web browser like old versions of Microsoftís Internet Explorer.

2.  Uninstall Plug-ins You Donít Need.

-      Feel free to uninstall a plug-in if youíre not sure whether you need it as you can always reinstall it when you come across a website that needs it.

3.  Keep Plug-ins Updated

-      Ensure plug-ins you use is updated regularly and automatically.

4.  Be cautious when installing plug-ins

-      Plug-ins and extensions can sometimes put you at risk. Only install security plug-ins from trusted vendors.

Example: HTTPS Everywhere; it encrypts communication with many major websites, to help secure your browsing experience.

5.  First party cookies are frequently used to remember your login information so you donít have to enter it every time you visit a site. Donít allow your browser to save passwords!

 

Have the above security tips in mind when operating your computer systems. Report any cybercrime incident/activity

to  incidents@ke-cirt.go.ke. / www.ke-cirt.go.ke

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