I bet most of your computer time is spent surfing the web but how much time do you really spend thinking about the information you are sharing each time you connect? Most modern browsers have privacy settings and features like “Extensions” or “Add-Ons” that can enhance your security and experience. You may wonder what settings really matter and why browser Extensions deserve some more attention. We’ll tell you how in this week’s blog post.
Guide to Safer (and Faster) Browsing
First, if you have a PC, you must have anti-virus. From the time you connect your computer to the Internet you are immediately at risk. Make sure it’s always up-to-date and remember you get what you pay for.
1. Block Third-Party Cookies
No not those cookies, browser cookies. Cookies are tiny files that websites use to track your browsing activity. They do play a beneficial role like keeping you logged into websites that you frequent but they also share information with advertisers about your browsing behavior putting your privacy at risk. Here are some instructions for the most popular browsers on how to disable third-party cookies.
Disable Third Party Cookies in:
2. Use Beneficial Extensions (and get rid of bad ones)
Use extensions wisely: By this we mean that there are some very beneficial extensions you can use in most modern browsers that help keep you safe BUT there are extensions that are dangerous and can compromise your information.
Good extensions to have:
Malware and viruses install browser hijacks that can alter your homepage, search results and cause tons of popups. Wikipedia has listed many of them that may install Extensions in your browser. Check your Extensions ASAP and delete any that are suspicious or that you did not install yourself.
3. Stay Updated
Your computer actually runs certain programs itself through the browser so that websites function and display properly. Java and Flash are the most popular programs that your browser requires to show certain content on the Web. Because of their popularity, they are also the most targeted programs for hackers that want your information. That’s why it’s important to keep your computer updated. Don’t ignore the popups that ask you to update Java, Flash or even your typical Windows or Mac updates.
For more safe browsing tips, check out this article: