Preventing data leakage via browsers.

Cloud applications are becoming increasingly popular in organizations. Due to the migration to the cloud, every day tons of data is shared via email, webpages, e-commerce sites, financial services sites, and cloud storage databases. End users use features provided by browsers to make their day-to-day work much easier. But what they don't realize is that some of these features could result in leakage of sensitive data. With enterprise-sensitive data, login credentials, and personally identifiable information (PII) being shared over browsers, it's become vital to strengthen browser security, ensuring that no data gets compromised.

With Browser Security Plus, you can protect all data being shared through browsers. Here are a few configurations that prevent data loss:

Disable Google Sync

Many users enable Google Sync, which allows them to use one Google account for personal and business purposes. Google Sync synchronizes bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and extensions across all Chrome browsers that are under the same account, making it easy for users to view the pages they need across devices.

Although it's a godsend for most end users, Google Sync can be a headache for IT teams. Organizations use various cloud applications to process and store business data, and typically these applications require credentials like a username and password to log in.

When Google Sync is enabled, these passwords are synchronized to Google’s cloud server, which facilitates access across browsers. However, in addition to users' passwords, any PII a user has saved in autofill will also be stored in the cloud. So, if Google’s cloud server is ever breached, organizations’ sensitive business data will be at stake. One way for IT teams to protect their organization’s data is by disabling Google Sync. This can be done using Browser Security Plus.

Disable autofill

The autofill feature can save users time by remembering data they put in forms, such as phone numbers, addresses, and credit card information, but it also creates one more place where sensitive data is being stored; if Google’s cloud server is breached, cybercriminals can use the information stored in autofill to more easily breach your network, leaving sensitive business data vulnerable. Using Browser Security Plus, the autofill option can be disabled.

Prevent saving passwords

Google's password management feature saves passwords that users input into its cloud database. Saving passwords in the cloud is not advised. Browser Security Plus disables the option of saving passwords in the cloud.

Prevent third-party cookies

Browser Security Plus can also help prevent third-party sites from saving cookies. This can be configured via Browser Security Plus' Data Leakage Prevention policy. As the name suggests, this policy provides configurations that curb possible data leakage.

Browser isolation

Browser Security Plus also provides a Web Isolation feature. This feature allows IT admins to create a list of trusted websites that only allows users' browsers to access the sites on that list. For any websites that aren't on the list, virtual browsers that don't retain any data after the session is closed will be used. If a user lands on a website that intends to steal user data, Web Isolation keeps users' browsing data safe since the browsing session doesn't contact the system's file storage.

To secure your data and mitigate accidental data-leakage, download a free, 30-day trial of Browser Security Plus and try out these features for yourself.