A Quick Refresher on Web Browser Security

A Quick Refresher on Web Browser Security

In today’s world, you can either see people facing their smartphones, computers or laptops, surfing (more like submerging) the internet. Majority of one’s time is spent going through the world wide web, with web browsers as their primary use. In return, this means web browsers are a big target for hackers and malware. Hackers can access your personal information and all kinds of data, just like a bunch of celebrities being top victims of this crime. Malware, short for malicious software, intrudes and harms the software of your gadget or computers, performing executables that are against the interests of the user.

Security is a very important component, if not the most important, in every aspect of technology. Good thing is, the security for your web browsers aren’t too difficult to do or understand even for a not-so techie person. Putting up lock down defenses for your browsers won’t take an hour or two especially when you’re already using Office 365 for business. Just follow these very important tips and after that, click away.

Not too late for a browser update.

Updating your web browser means you get to have the latest features. It also means updating your web security. Modern versions of web browsers are specifically designed to having your computer avoid the risk of being compromised by criminals and malwares. The updated security features of your web browser stop you from visiting or being diverted to dodgy websites, and prevent sites from having dominion over your computer or gadgets. Having a web browser with an updated security makes the users feel safer and would give them more satisfying experiences. It will also ease up the lives of Web Developers and System Administrators. To make it easier for you, an “Auto-update” option is enabled by default on some web browsers (such as Chrome and Firefox), while Safari and Internet Explorer are updated in their latest versions for their respective operating systems. As a responsible netizen, everyone should keep their web browsers up to date for a safer and beautiful world wide web.

Green(padlock) is always a GO.

See that green padlock shown at the address bar just before the URL? That basically means the site you’re visiting is safe and secured. Technically speaking, the site you opened uses HTTPS or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. It is an adaptation of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol for secure communication in a computer network that is widely used on the internet. Simply speaking, it’s the more secure version of the HTTP standard. HTTPS’ primary function is to authenticate the accessed website, this is to check if you are really connected to the website that you think you are. What’s more is the communication protocol is encrypted by Transport Layer Security or TLS, which aims primarily to protect the privacy and integrity of exchanged data travelling between your computer/gadget and the website. This guarantees that one is protected against eavesdropping and is communicating without interference by attackers.

Extension is not always an option.

They can be very useful, however browser extensions take up space that you find your browser running slowly than the usual. Some extensions add extra functionality such as ad blocking or an alternative search engine, but at the same time makes your web browser prone to security risks. One of these risks is malware injection from unsafe websites. The safest way is to get rid of extensions that are either not necessary, outdated or used very often. Disable them in your browser settings, and you will notice the browser running more smoothly and quickly after. It’s better to stick to the way things are. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right?

Protect your online self at all times.

This one is a no brainer. Online accounts should always be protected, and every single person should be mindful of that. A lot of people nowadays have been victims of hacking, personal accounts invaded, and data tampered. One reason behind this is not logging off social media accounts or email when using public computers. IT Services Australia advised that before leaving the computer or your time runs out, always put into mind to log off all personal online account. This is to prevent the next person to use the computer from using any of your accounts that are still logged in. Another way to avoid being hacked is to use different passwords on each account, but this might lead to confusion or password being forgotten, unless you have all accounts listed.

Precious Protection (antivirus)

Again, protection is the key. And the best protection for any computer or gadget of all? Antivirus software. Also known as anti-malware software, this is used to prevent, detect and remove malwares. An antivirus software is the best first-line of defense against any malicious code attacks, particularly the modern versions. Antivirus software of today is capable of protecting our web browsers, from malicious browser helper objects (BHOs) to spywares to infected and malicious URLs. So, have your devices installed an antivirus software, be it a trial version or full version. Best advise for everyone is to purchase a full version of an antivirus software for it can save you a lot of money in the long run, avoiding repair to your devices or buying new ones once penetrated by computer viruses.

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