Technology is becoming an essential part of people’s lives, helping facilitate their day-to-day activities. It has also become the arena for many malicious actors trying to inflict damage to their victims. This article will look at steps that an individual can take to change browser security setting and increase cyber-security.
Web browsers are commonly used around the world to gain access to a variety of websites and data across the internet. The access to internet data can lead to harmful unwarranted connections to electronics and/or privacy. Below is a list of settings and extensions that allows for a safer browsing.
Note: There are several browsers available for users to choose from, however, the most widely used browsers in the market are Mozilla Firefox (Open Source), Chrome (Google) or Internet explorer (Microsoft), therefore it is often preferable to use one of them as your primary browser.
Install Ublock extension to help block and filter ads. (Firefox, Chrome, IE). If there is a trusted site that requires ads that have been blocked, click the uBlock icon then press the power Icon once and it will turn gray.
Note: Some advance users believe that there may be a conflict of interest in a firm building both the search engine (ad revenue) and the web browser. An ad revenue driven firm such as Alphabet (Google) and Microsoft (Bing) may be strongly against solutions such as Ublock, therefore potential making it their interest to build a web browser that circumvents an ad blocker.
To ensure a secure, encrypted communication between you and major websites, use HTTPS Everywhere (link). If there is a need to turn off HTTPS Everywhere, click on its icon, then toggle off the “HTTPS Everywhere is on”
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