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Be cautious when installing browser extensions

Opt for well-known and reputable browser extension stores — such as Chrome Web Store or Firefox Add-ons — to reduce the risk of downloading counterfeit or malicious software. Furthermore, avoid granting unnecessary permissions to extensions, as these permissions may compromise the integrity of your information. Regularly review your installed extensions — ideally on a weekly […]

Avoid mobile redirects with privacy-focused browsers and network-level tools

Mobile redirects can be annoying and intrusive. They can also be dangerous, as they can lead you to malicious websites that can infect your device with malware or steal your personal information. One way to avoid mobile redirects is to use a privacy-focused browser. These browsers are designed to protect your privacy and security online. […]

Browsers let you send tabs to specific devices

A fair amount of people browsing the internet on one device will come across a site that they want to access on another piece of technology and manually send the URL between the devices. Fortunately, there’s a shortcut that effectively removes this middleman. In Chrome, computer users can simply right-click the URL in the browser […]

Chrome’s phishing extensions help guard against scams

Phishing is a type of online scam designed to get you to reveal personal information such as credit card numbers and passwords. Chrome’s PhishDetector detects phishing attacks on online banking websites. Similarly, PhishTector identifies phishing emails in Gmail.

Use an ad blocker, except on sites that you trust

Ads are annoying, but they can also be dangerous. When you click on a malicious ad that leads to malware, it will instantly start downloading it. Ad blockers can prevent those malicious ads from showing up in the first place. However, some pages don’t work properly with ad blockers on, so turn it off if […]

Use a link scanner to check URLs before opening them

If you receive a link via email, DM or on social media, you can’t always be sure of the source or its actual destination. Bad actors will hide a malicious URL using various tricks, such as changing the displayed text to something seemingly safe or use a URL shortener so it’s indecipherable. Fortunately, you can […]