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March 1, 2023

Safe Browsing Practices While At Work

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Researching information at work is often necessary, and data is more accessible now than ever.

Action Steps

Here are five tips to help make browsing the internet more secure:

  1. Don’t save passwords to work or personal applications in your web browser. Yes, it is much easier and faster to get to these sites but creates a higher risk of opening a door to hackers. You can put your work network and your personal information at risk. Take the time to login for the best protections.
  2. Be careful of links in pages which may redirect you to a malicious site.  Instead, locate the actual page without using the link.
  3. Try to avoid pages starting with “http” and look for “https” which is a bit safer. The most significant problem with HTTP is it uses hypertext structured text, so the data isn’t encrypted. As a result, the data being transmitted between the two systems can be intercepted by cybercriminals.
  4. Do not click on ads, pictures, or links on a page unless you have validated these as safe. There are many pages that are infected by malware.
  5. Do not use AI sites or browser add-ons like ChatGPT unless you have cleared with your IT staff, since these sites may create security risks for work networks.

See our CTR Cyber page for more cybersecurity internal controls and contact [email protected] with any incidents or suspected incidents of fraud or cyber threats or if you need support from our Statewide Risk Management Team.