We've talked about Secure browser as it relates to dynamic control access policies set forth by your compliance administrator. But what is it, and how does it benefit you?
We all use web apps that work in the cloud because we can access them from anywhere. However, when you work in web apps, using a local, unmonitored browser can leave you vulnerable to ransomware, viruses and other threats.
By using the Secure browser in Workplace for Windows and Mac, you can seamlessly transition from a local browser to be more secure when you need to protect your sensitive data, or when your access is limited by your device compliance policy.
Secure browser has advanced security capabilities and isolates its browsing sessions from the local device to prevent malware or active threats from interacting with your work. While you work, Secure browser works hard to block and filter content that may compromise your security. At night, it resets itself for a clean start in the morning, to keep browsing performance fast and the system secure. All you have to do is remember to save your work before the end of the day.
Let's take a look at how Secure browser works in Workplace for Windows and Mac.
When I select Secure browser in the sidebar, I see in the window a few web apps that are already configured to launch here, rather than in a local browser.
We're going to open a new tab. Because the Secure browser is meant to be used for your work, you'll find that some websites containing external email applications and webmail portals, social media, and entertainment are blocked.
You can contact your company manager if you feel that your website is being blocked in error. Also, as a best practice, you should view YouTube and other media-rich websites in a local browser for best performance.
As you can see, Secure browser acts just like any other local browser. For instance:
- You can save bookmarks using the workplace extension
- You can have multiple tabs open at once. To conserve resources, tabs that are hidden from view get suspended automatically.
- You can customize your settings for tab suspension by right-clicking the Workplace extension icon in the task bar of Secure browser.
- If your computer is idle for more than 40 minutes, your Secure browser tabs will be suspended to conserve resources for everyone accessing the Workplace servers.
You can also download files via Secure browser, which will live in the new Secure browser Downloads folder located at the root level of your Workplace Files.
You can also access the downloaded file under Recent Files on the Launch page.
And, what's really convenient is that you can pick up where you left off, from one Windows or Mac Secure browser to another.
Secure browser is versatile and capable of handling your web apps, as well as files, right from Workplace for Windows or Mac.
In the next module of the Workplace Stronghold 103 course, you'll learn how to check the internet connectivity status of your device.