Does It Really Matter What Browser You Use?

Yes.

The web browser you choose can have a big impact on your online security. And as a business, it’s important you don’t take any unnecessary risks, even if you’re someone who likes to steer clear of the IT megabrands.

As well as allowing advertisers to track your online activity, there are often bugs and vulnerabilities in lesser-known browsers that cyber criminals can exploit to not only steal your data, but to compromise your entire network.

And while it’s vital that you choose your browser carefully (and stick to the same browser across the business), it’s equally important to make sure you run updates and patches as soon as they become available to keep your browsing as secure as possible.

You may already know that Google’s Chrome is the most popular desktop browser in the world – more than 6 in 10 people use it. It’s fast, easy to use, and it has built-in phishing and malware protection (though you shouldn’t rely solely on that).

Next comes Apple’s Safari, followed by Microsoft Edge. Edge is similar to Chrome in that it’s fast, customizable and simple to use. It also gives you clear privacy options, which are super-important when using a browser for business. As a Microsoft product, it’s the default browser for Windows 11, and comes with some Microsoft-specific links. So if you use Windows 11 and haven’t tried Edge, give it a go.

The key thing to keep in mind when choosing your browser is security. Don’t just stick with the standard settings – customize them to suit your business. Look at the threats you may face, the settings that can help protect against them, and the usability… all in equal measure.

If you use Google Chrome as your browser, did you know there’s a way you can check exactly how secure it is at any time?

  1. Go to the browser’s Settings
  2. Select Privacy and Security.
  3. On the right (under Safety check) select Check now.

This checks for updates, looks at the strength of your stored passwords and tells you if browsing is safe and if you’ve downloaded a harmful Chrome extension.

Use Safari on you iPhone or iPad?

The popularity of Apple devices has  made them growing targets for hackers. Use this handy guide to adjust Safari’s security and privacy settings on your device: https://browserhow.com/how-to-enable-privacy-and-security-settings-in-safari-computer/ 

Is Microsoft Edge your go-to browser?

Microsoft offers steps to enhance security on their browser. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/enhance-your-security-on-the-web-with-microsoft-edge.

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It seems like a relatively simple task to choose a web browser, but each one has their own settings that need to be adjusted if you want to take security seriously (and you should!)

Can we help recommend the best browser for your business? Or make sure you’re getting the most from your current browser’s security settings? Get in touch – we’re here to help.

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