Secure browsing 101 : Top Ways you can protect your browser from attacks

Aside from simply tricking you into downloading and running malicious software, attackers mainly target flaws in your browser and its plug-ins to compromise your PC.

While it is impossible to guarantee complete protection from cyber threats, following these tips will greatly increase the security of your web browser.

Keep Your Browser Updated:

Use a current web browser and keep automatic updates enabled. Don’t use an outdated web browser like Apple’s Safari for Windows or old versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox and leave automatic updates enabled, use a current version of Internet Explorer on a modern version of Windows and install Windows updates, or use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

Use 64-bit browser:

64-bit programs have greater protection against attacks. You should be using a 64-bit browser, assuming you’re using a 64-bit version of Windows. Address space layout randomization, or ASLR, is much more effective with 64-bit programs.

Google Chrome is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, but there’s a good chance you still have the 32-bit version installed. Check if you’re using the 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Chrome. if you’re using the 32-bit version, you should download the 64-bit version.

Stable 64-bit versions of Firefox aren’t yet available, although you can use developer builds. Mozilla plans to make 64-bit builds of Firefox available via the stable channel in Firefox 41.

Microsoft Edge is 64-bit on 64-bit operating systems, while even 64-bit versions of Internet Explorer are available on modern versions of Windows.

On 64-bit versions of Mac and Linux, all web browsers should just be 64-bit.

Install security plug-ins:

The majority of plug-ins and extensions are safe, however, and some can help bolster your browser’s security. Here are three suggested—and free—browser extensions for added security.

HTTPS Everywhere. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Tor Project jointly developed this Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension. HTTPS is a communications protocol for securing communications over a computer network, vs. the standard HTTP protocol, which is more widely used but less secure. (The ‘S’ in HTTPS stands for ‘secure.’) HTTPS Everywhere encrypts communication with many major websites to help secure your browsing experience.

Web of Trust (also known as WOT). This extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera helps you determine if a website is safe to surf. The extension displays traffic signal icons next to URLs and links. Green means the site is reliable; yellow indicates you should proceed with caution; red translates to “steer clear.” The ratings are crowdsourced from WOT’s global user base and are supported by trusted third-party sources, such as up-to-date directories of malware sites.

LongURL.org. If you’re on Twitter or Facebook and you see a shortened link embedded in an interesting post, you might click it without a second thought. But shortened links have been known to mask malicious links. If you’re unsure of a shortened link, copy and paste it into the search box at LongURL.org. You’ll see where the link would take you, without having to actually click through to the site. LongURL.org is also available as a Firefox browser extension.

Be cautious when installing plug-ins:

Plug-ins and extensions can sometimes put you at risk. For instance, earlier this year, it was discovered that some Chrome extensions can change service or ownership without notification to users. As a result, Chrome’s regulations for extensions is changing this June to keep extensions from becoming anything other than “simple and single-purpose in nature,” according to Google.

Keep Plug-ins Updated, Too:

Any plug-ins you do need should automatically update themselves. Leave Adobe Flash’s automatic updates enabled. Google Chrome automatically updates its own copy of Flash and Windows 10 updates Edge’s copy of Flash, but you’ll need to update other versions of Flash automatically.

Ensure plug-ins you use are updated regularly and automatically.

Enable Click-to-Play Plug-ins:

Enable the click-to-play plugins option in your web browser. This will make web pages load faster and save you CPU cycles and battery power. It also has important security benefits. Attackers won’t be able to exploit flaws in your browser plug-ins in the background, as you’ll only allow the plug-in to load when you have a good reason to do so.

 

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Author: Aakash

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