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Alternative Internet Browsers Help to Improve IT Security

 

Internet Browser IT SecurityAmong both business and personal users, the most popular web browser of all is Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE).  In recent years, however, several alternative browsers have been developed for the Microsoft Windows operating system.  Many of these browsers were developed out of the perception that IT risk management in IE is inadequate. 

For many years now, the competing Mozilla Firefox browser, has allowed users to employ hundreds of creative extension programs or add-ons that address certain types of vulnerability.  Using Firefox and the appropriate add-ons, for example, can help users to keep Javascript from running without the user-granting permission, either on a per-site or per-incident basis as needed.  Other add-ons can help to limit the ability of Flash and Shockwave-based objects from launching without permission.  These measures alone have meant that users browsing with Firefox may be able to dodge many malware bullets.  The perception of many IT professionals has been that IE simply has not kept up when it comes to providing users with tools they can use to proactively prevent malware infections.

Chrome, a competing web browser created by internet giant Google, can now take advantage of a new add-on known as 'ScriptNo', which helps to prevent unauthorized scripts from running.  This add-on, much like ‘NoScript’ for Firefox, also allows users to help prevent scripting attacks, a common way for a malicious website to launch infections against the users that visit.  The Chrome browser can be much faster at rendering web pages than others in its class, which means that it is ideal for increasing business efficiencies. However, many small and mid-sized businesses are still weary of leaving IE or Firefox behind due to IT security concerns.  ScriptNo may begin to change this scenario as it creates a situation where businesses can take advantage of fast web page loading without sacrificing protection against malicious scripts.

Another excellent way to create a safe browsing environment is to rely on an outsourced IT model known as managed services.  In this approach to IT support, an outside company takes responsibility for key elements of the IT environment.  Online security is one of the most common of these elements.  Managed services firms can provide remote monitoring of systems as well as firewall protection, both of which will help to provide a more secure computing environment no matter which web browser a business prefers.

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