by Joy Persaud

Beware unauthorized web browsers, says Sophos

Most network administrators want to secure their organizations from ‘rogue' web browsers, according to IT firm Sophos.

 

The company says that seven out of 10 administrators want tighter control. SophosLabs identifies one newly infected webpage every five seconds, which points the finger to the internet being the primary source of malware. Unpatched or out-of-date browsers are thought to be especially vulnerable.

 

Hackers can breach legitimate websites by redirecting browsers to sites hosting malware. Sometimes, fake sites that closely resemble the real thing are set up and used for criminal activity, typically to gain personal and financial information that is used for nefarious purposes.

 

John Stringer, product manager at Sophos, said: “The 30 percent of administrators who don't consider browser control to be important might want to revisit the issue. [By] setting down a policy which controls which web browser and version type employees can use, administrators are simplifying the job of keeping the web secure, particularly important in light of the increased malware activity on the web.”

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