What Is Remote Browsing?

Written by Guise Bule, Editor at Secjuice

What Are Remote Browsers?

Remote browsing is a way of browsing the internet using a browser that is hosted in the cloud rather than installed locally on your PC or laptop, it is an effective way of isolating yourself from malware, ransomware and other web based cyber threats.

According to Gartner, more than 50% of enterprises will begin to adopt remote browsers in order to reduce the impact of cyber attacks over the next three years, they also recommend remote browsers as one of the most effective ways that an enterprise can reduce web based malware attacks. Lets take a closer look at exactly what remote browsers are and why they are being adopted by individuals and SME's.

The problem with a locally installed browser is that it lives on your local machine, if it picks up a malware or ransomware infection when you are web browsing the infection can spread from your browser to your local machine and network. If your PC or laptop is connected to a corporate network, the infection could spread to the rest of the organization. But your web browser does not need to live on your local machine and you can quite happily use a web browser that has been hosted in the cloud, what we call a remote browser.

Remote browsers are the most effective way of protecting your users from cyber attacks and shutting down the most common infiltration points on your network.

With remote browsing, instead of using your locally installed browser to browse the public internet, (which exposes your PC or laptop to malware infections), you use a physically isolated remote browser hosted in the cloud. When using a remote browser, if you do happen to pick up a malware or ransomware infection during the course of your browsing session, it is confined to the browsers cloud infrastructure and unable to leap across the physical space between it and your local machine, isolating you from the cyber risks.

By physically isolating your browsing activity away from your local machine and networks, you are shutting down the most common infiltration/exfiltration point and dramatically enhancing your overall cybersecurity posture in the progress. When you isolate your browser, you also isolate the malware, ransomware and browser based cyberattacks by default. In high security environments this is considered best practice and cybersecurity teams now see internet users browsing on local machine as a huge security risk. By giving their users a remote browser and shutting down local internet access, they push all of their users browsing activity and the associated cyber-risk away from their local IT infrastructure.

Even if you work does not involve you using the public internet on a regular basis, it is still unwise to use your local browser on your work machine. At any point you could pick up a malware or ransomware infection that will have climbed in through the open window that is your browser. Cybersecurity best practice dictates that you should not expose your local PC or laptop to the public internet, it's the easiest way to have it become infected. Instead you should isolate that risky browsing activity away from your networks using a remote browser and physically isolate your users from browser based cyber-attacks in the process.

If you are looking for a cost-effective remote browser service check out our remote browser platform. Our team has been delivering remote browsers longer than most and we led the team that built the worlds first production remote browsing platform for the US federal government.

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