04 Jun 2015

Keep your Web Browsing Safe and Secure

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Keep your Web Browsing Safe and Secure

Web browser software has become an integral part of most people’s computing experience. With the rise of cloud-based solutions like CaseLink Web, it’s possible to do the bulk of one’s work on the Internet. But even for those using desktop applications, the browser has become a critical daily work tool.

Given the importance of the web browser in today’s work environment, it’s a good idea to adopt best practices for security when browsing. In addition to installing security updates for your web browser promptly and keeping any plug-ins you use up-to-date, BMS recommends clearing your browser history and any saved passwords stored in your browser.

Clearing your browser history

Browsers’ ability to store a history of places you’ve visited on the web can be very convenient. You may have used this feature by using the back buttons to re-visit a website you’ve recently been to.

Still, you don’t necessarily want that information following you around forever. Clearing your browser history every month will help minimize the chance of unwanted privacy intrusions due to browser vulnerabilities or aggressive tracking methods.

Clearing saved passwords

Today’s browsers offer built-in ways to save and fill in passwords automatically. BMS does not recommend using these built-in password tools, as they are a frequent target for criminals and not as secure as other solutions.

In last month’s newsletter, we recommended several secure password tools for you to use. We suggest adopting one of these tools to manage your passwords and clearing any saved passwords currently stored in your browser.

Instructions for Internet Explorer Users >
Instructions for Chrome Users >

Clear history and saved passwords at the same time in Internet Explorer

  1. From the Tools menu located under the address bar, choose “Delete browsing history…”:  IE-Menu-DeleteBrowsingHistory
  2. A new pop-up menu with some items pre-selected will appear. Check or uncheck buttons next to the items you want to clear. For our purposes, check “History” and “Passwords.” Then click the “Delete” button at the bottom to remove those items:IE-DeleteBrowsingHistory

Clear history and saved passwords at the same time in Chrome

  1. Open the “hamburger” menu in the upper far right of the browser window. Click on “History” in the drop-down menu.Chrome-Menu-History
  2. A new “History” tab will appear in your browser. The top of the page will look like this:Chrome-History
  3. Click on the “Clear Browsing data” button. This will bring up a pop-up menu with some items pre-selected. Use the drop-down menu at the top to select the time-frame you want to erase. Then check or uncheck buttons next to the items you want to clear. For our purposes, check “Browsing History” and “Passwords.” Finally, click on the “Clear browsing data” button to clear your browsing history and saved passwords at the same time.Chrome-DeleteBrowsingHistory-PW
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