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The Chrome Browser is Redefining Phoenix IT Security

The Chrome Browser is Redefining Phoenix IT Security

Ransomware, data hackers, and system vulnerabilities that Phoenix small businesses are vulnerable to - as in 57% of all attacks are targeted towards small businesses!  It's no wonder that redefining Phoenix IT security for Arizona small businesses is top of mind for business owners. But practically speaking do you even know if you or your employees are secure from threats when surfing the web? It's why MyTek Technology Solutions continues to share online security tips for Arizona businesses.  We have been serving the Phoenix small business technical support needs since 2009, and it is our mission to empower Arizona small businesses to succeed in a virtual business environment.

How Chrome is Shaking Up the Conventional Advice For IT Security

Your browser will tell you when a site is secure or not. This is especially important if you are putting in sensitive information, like passwords or credit card information. Did you know that Google Chrome is stepping up it’s game to keep users safe? There are two major types of websites out there, HTTP and HTTPS. The primary difference between them is that the one with the S at the end signifies that the data was sent through a secure connection, meaning that there are extra layers of security there to shield it from any prying eyes. It’s been a best practice for a long time to make sure that any sensitive data sent to or from a website utilizes a secure connection. This is done by looking for the padlock icons in the address bar. 

Google is finally stepping up its game by labeling businesses that don’t encrypt their communications with their host server. Chrome will notify users when they are surfing a site that isn’t using HTTPS. The idea is that this is supposed to put the pressure on websites that have yet to adopt HTTPS. Since Chrome is the most popular web browser, it makes sense that this approach could spark a revolution in website security. Not only is this important for Phoenix IT security, but it is important that your website is secure with https connection.  Because browsers now identify sites that are safe and sites that are not, website users may shy away if they believe your site is not safe.

What Are Other Browsers Doing for IT Security?
The other major web browsers, Safari, Firefox, and Edge, also have some plans for how they will handle unencrypted websites in the future. However, not all of them plan on flipping the script in such a dramatic way.

  • Firefox: It’s likely that Firefox will follow a similar path to Google Chrome. Firefox is still subscribing to the “confirming the page is secure” method. Firefox will also tell you whether or not the HTTP page contains a login form with a padlock that is stricken through. There is even a warning that pops up when the cursor moves over any of these fields. In the future, the browser will display all HTTP pages with the strike-through padlock, even if there aren’t any forms.
  • Safari: Apple has yet to deviate from tradition. By this, we mean that the browser just confirms that the connection is secured by showing the lock. However, Apple has taken other, different steps toward ensuring the security of its users. If a user attempts to log into an HTTP page, the page will inform them with alerts popping up into the field and the address bar, much like Firefox does now.
  • Edge: Microsoft Edge only tells a user when a page is protected, but there are other options in place that allow the user to access even more information about their connection. This information can reveal if the connection isn’t encrypted, identifying it a potential risk. This same feature doesn’t extend to the input fields on unencrypted pages, though. We don’t feel like Edge is doing enough to warn users about unsafe browsing.

Unsure If You Need Phoenix Small Business Technical Support?

Are you unsure of how to keep your business secure?  Does your business technology cause you headaches? MyTek Technology Solutions provides Phoenix small business technical support, and we would welcome the opportunity to provide a complimentary business technology assessment for your Phoenix business. You can read more about our Phoenix IT Security services on our IT security page.  Go HERE to schedule your complimentary business technology assessment, a $500 value!  Reach out to MyTek at 623-312-2440.

 

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