What’s a browser plug-in?

Browser plug-ins are extensions that add new features to your web browser. For example, a plug-in might allow you to watch videos on websites that use Flash technology, or to play games that require Java.

Plug-ins can be useful, but they can also be a security risk. That’s because attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in plug-ins to install malware on your computer.

Before installing a plug-in, make sure that it’s necessary and that the site you’re downloading it from is trustworthy. You can also check online reviews of plug-ins to see what other users have said about their security.

Here are some tips for staying safe when using browser plug-ins:

  • Only install plug-ins from trusted sources, such as the official website of the plug-in developer.
  • Keep your plug-ins up to date. Software developers often release updates to fix security vulnerabilities.
  • Disable plug-ins that you don’t use. The more plug-ins you have installed, the greater the attack surface for attackers.
  • Use an internet security solution that can scan for and block malicious plug-ins.

By following these tips, you can help to protect your computer from the risks associated with browser plug-ins.