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Five Tips to Help Secure Your Web Browser

Author: Michael Gregg 16 February 2012 9,189 views No Comments

While a recent study found that Chrome tops the list of most secure browsers, IE still has the most market share. Regardless of what browser you use there are some basic tips you can use to help make your web browsing more secure.

  1. Be leery of links — Never click on a suspicious link, image, or even video that is sent to you on social networking site or through email. While it may appear to be from a friend, these links can install viruses or key loggers on your computer that can be used to target your bank account and credit card numbers.
  2. Watch for Tiny URL’s — Tiny URL’s are used to shorten web addresses but can hide a malicious link. Use a URL expander first, such as http://longurl.org/.
  3. Use HTTPS when possible — While many sites may offer HTTPS, not all always use it. Tools such as HTTPS Everywhere (https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere) force sites to use encryption all the time. This raises your level of protection from eavesdroppers and cyber criminals.
  4. Beware offers that seem too good to be true — Hackers use this technique to lure you to a malicious site or get you to click on a link.
  5. Clear out the cookies — Many sites use cookies to track where you visit on the web. While cookies have a legitimate use they can also be used to track your activity on the Internet. BetterPrivacy or NoScript are two other examples of cookie cleaners. Running these tools periodically helps protect you while browsing the Internet.

While there is no totally secure browser, there are some things you can do to help surf the web safely. Hopefully these five tips improve your browsing experience.

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