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When you first install a web browser on a new computer, it will not usually have secure settings by default, you will need to adjust your browser’s security settings manually. Securing your browser is another critical step in improving your computer’s security by reducing attacks that take advantage of unsecured web browsers.
Major web browsers including Apple Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox all include password management features designed to make your life easier. When you enter a password on a site, they will usually ask you if you want to save it and your username for later. Doing so is a good way to avoid the […]
Many websites now give you the option to receive notifications directly from them, similar to an app. The prompt will usually provide options for “Allow” or “Block.” Most of the time, you’ll want to block them since they can be very intrusive and potentially lead you to risky sites.
The URL (address) bar of your browser contains a lot of important information. It will indicate if the connection is secure – via the text “https://,” a padlock icon and/or a green bar. Plus, some browsers will warn you if a page is not secure. Icons may also appear indicating that location services are active […]
Occasionally browsers require the installation of additional software known as plug-ins to provide additional functionality. Like Java and ActiveX controls, plug-ins may be used in an attack, so before installing them, make sure that they are necessary and that the site you have to download them from is trustworthy.
This advice isn’t always feasible. However, when you can, consider visiting a website via a saved bookmark or by manually typing in the address, instead of clicking a link from an email or other source. The latter method might take you somewhere unexpected. Using a bookmark or typing (with or without browser auto-complete) is generally […]
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