Your Web browser lets you access Internet sites, but it can also be a gateway for viruses, malware, and more. Here’s how to keep your browser protected and secure.
(Don’t miss my latest article for The Northwest Herald – Protect Your Window To The Internet by Triona Guidry)
Remember that it’s vital to keep your browser up to date. If you can’t run an updated browser, you may need to consider an alternate browser or even a computer upgrade. Old computers running outdated browsers are holy grails to hackers and virus-writers because they’re so easy to infect. The US-CERT web site has detailed information about how and why you need to protect your Web browser.
Your computer’s default Web browser is Internet Explorer for Windows, and Safari for Mac. Here’s some information about how to secure them. Bear in mind that software manufacturers don’t provide security updates for outdated versions of their browsers, which may be why you don’t see yours here.
Internet Explorer (Microsoft)
- Internet Explorer 11
- Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7
- Internet Explorer 10
- Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7
- Internet Explorer 9
- Internet Explorer 8
- Stop pop-up ads and adware in Safari
- Safari: About Internet plug-in management
- Safari web settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Turn Private Browsing on or off on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Alternate browsers include Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera, among others.
- Firefox Help – Privacy and security settings
- Google Chrome Privacy Settings
- Google Chrome Advanced Security Settings
- Guide To Security And Privacy In Opera