Browse More Safely Under a Managed Program Model

Secure KeyboardThere are several significant ways that a managed program model for IT services can assist small and medium organizations to maximize employee workflow, and sometimes even simple changes can have a large impact on how a business operates.  Web browser management is a case in point.  Some businesses have workers use Internet Explorer by default simply because it comes pre-installed with Windows and even new hires are generally conversant with it.

Improvements in browser technology, however, can help protect employee workstations from malware intrusions as they use the internet for work-related tasks.  IT solutions that include browsers often rely on a managed programs model in which an IT company worker visits the premises periodically to make sure all web browsers and associated plug-ins are being kept completely up-to-date.  This reflects a growing understanding that in the world of cybercrime, a firewall and antivirus system may not be enough to ward off all attacks.

The Firefox browser, for example, has several key security plug-ins that can be installed to stop malware from invading a system, and from there, the entire network.  Some add-in programs allow users to fine-tune their control of JavaScript so that scripts are never allowed to run without explicit user authorization.  This allows workers to browse freely as they research without worries about JavaScript-based intrusions.  Another add-in blocks all ads, which helps reduce malware as online ads are sometimes used maliciously to spread infections.  Both of these add-ins work best when regularly updated to keep up with malware trends, which is one reason why incorporating them, as part of a managed program model can be so powerful.


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