Password management can be a job all by itself. And most employees using multiple web-based applications to perform their job simply don’t need another job to do. In today’s digital world, employees have more passwords than they can count and far too many to remember.
There are many password tracker tools available, with varying functionality, usability and value. Sorting through the alternatives can be as cumbersome as keeping track of passwords. Allowing employees to use their web browser to remember passwords may seem like a simple and convenient solution, but there are some pitfalls that may put your business at risk. Read on.
1. Browsers don’t track logged-in sessions
Browsers are end-user driven and don’t offer users the ability to control and oversee logged-in sessions. Why is this important? Well, for example, if an employee forgets to log out of applications, those sessions could be hijacked and put your business at risk for cyberattacks.
In contrast, a proxy server monitors all login traffic, offering increased security and insight into employee login sessions.
Your password manager should include functionality allowing IT administrators to terminate logged-in sessions.
2. Browsers don’t identify weak passwords
We all know that strong passwords reduce the chances that hackers will gain access to sensitive business data, but short and common ones are easier to remember. With a massive in-box, human nature is at work and the path of least resistance can win out.
Browsers don’t provide password quality checks to users or notify IT administrators about weak passwords. They also cannot support company password format or character requirements. Taking the easy way out by allowing employees to save passwords in their browsers not only makes things easier for employees — it opens the door for hackers to access your private business data.
Your password solution should include real-time quality checks to ensure that employees passwords are strong and compliant with company password policies.
3. Browsers don’t provide a single click sign-on
For employees using multiple web-based applications on a daily basis, a browser password saver offers quicker sign-on to individual web apps. But each app must still be logged into separately. How can you ease this process?
A secure single sign-on which leads to a jump page saves employee time and productivity, enabling users to log in and out of multiple apps with one click.
4. Browsers don’t support blacklisting domains
In the course of their daily work, an employee may innocently stumble onto a risky website, potentially putting your company at risk for phishing and allowing downloads of harmful files or viruses.
While convenient, a browser password saver doesn’t include controls to prevent access to risky or blacklisted sites. Rather than leaving the responsibility to each employee, a better approach enables IT administrators to prevent access to domains with poor reputations or other risk factors.
Your safe password solution should include real-time cybersecurity screenings warning users about access to phishing sites that lead to harmful ransomware viruses.
5. Browsers do not give you control over where passwords are stored
While it’s convenient to ask Alexa and have your Amazon Echo keep track of your to-do list, do you ever feel like you’re being watched? You don’t want to risk exposing your company’s private information just because of a simpler solution. Saving passwords in your Chrome browser, for example, essentially means that Google will have access to those passwords.
A solution that keeps your company secure ensures that passwords are uniquely encrypted for each user and can remain within your company’s four walls.
While convenience is the path of least resistance, it’s not always the best choice. Browser password savers are useful for just that … saving passwords so you do not have to remember them. But browser password savers will not reduce your companies’ risk of a cyberattack.
Instead, choose a solution that not only offers convenience and control, but also guards your business efficiency and security. To learn more about Scooch, request a free demo.