Protect your device, browser & web connection

When thinking about website security, it is easy to overlook the:

  • device (operating system) used to connect to your website,
  • the way you connect (your web browser) to the internet, and
  • how you connect (in the clear or via encryption).

joomla support cheshire manchester merseyside north west ukTo do so would be a BIG mistake.

After all, where do you log into your website dashboard from?

From your computer device via a web browser, hopefully using a secure encrypted connection (HTTPS).

To use the latest available version and release of operating system and browser is no guarantee that your personal data will not be stolen but it will significantly reduce the risk.

Likewise when you take the time to add an SSL certificate to your website.

 

DEVICE Operating System (OS)

FREQUENTLY check you are using the latest available version and release of of your device's OS.

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WEB BROWSER

Whichever web browser you use, we recommend that you:

  • Frequently check it is the latest available version and release.
  • Turn ON Browser Security Features.
  • Adjust settings to protect your privacy.
  • Ensure cookies and browser cache is automatically deleted when you close your browser.
  • Frequently close and re-open your browser to clear cookies and cache.
  • Disable the storing of usernames and passwords.
  • Ignore website pop-ups which tell you to download a browser update.
  • Use the DuckDuckGo search engine to protect your privacy when searching the web (see below).

 

Chrome

FREQUENTLY check you are using the latest available release of Chrome.

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Firefox

FREQUENTLY check you are using the latest available release of Firefox.

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SEARCH ENGINE

Whatever web browser you use you have a choice of a wide range of search engines.

We like DuckDuckGo because of its privacy settings.

DuckDuckGo automatically blocks FLoC browser technology as well as tracking cookies.

Find out more about the benefits of DuckDuckGo at the following links.

Read more: About DuckDuckGo.

Read more: Block FLoC with DuckDuckgo.

 

WEB CONNECTION

Make sure you always connect to your website and its dashboard by secure encrypted connection when you are administering its content.

The same applies when signing into the Hosting Control Panel provided by your hosting company.

Also, periodically check whether or not your router (or modem) is still being supported with software updates issued by its manufacturer. In 2021 The Hacker Newsletter reported that Cisco had withdrawn security support for some of its older models.

What else should you do?

EMAIL CLIENT

Let CAUTION be your watchword when using your Email Client.

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