Since most malware seems to come from the net these days, I would be interested to know how the experts are configuring their browser of choice, and which security plug-ins and extensions they consider essential.
Capability to scan websites/URLs
Whatever your browser is, it will be best if your security software has the capability to scan the websites/URLs that you're trying to visit or connect to. Those kind of security softwares will inform you if you're about to go to a malicious website -- and will prevent you to continue so that your machine will not get infected (or so that there's no data theft that will happen).
Scanning links from search engine results & social networking sites
Another good feature is the scanning of links from search results (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) and links from social networking sites like Facebook. This way, the user will be aware if the link is good (there will be a check mark besides it) or malicious (an 'X' mark will be placed on the side).
Beware when doing online payments/banking
Make sure you check
This one is good for Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
Most of us are familiar with Malwarebytes Free version. The paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has a website blocking component.
The WOT add-on shows you which websites you can trust based on millions of users' experiences. Our friends at WOT do a good job not only rating links in searches, but those on Facebook as well.
It uses colored alerts to warn users about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware, or send spam. You can protect your computer against online threats by using WOT as your front-line layer of protection when browsing or searching in unfamiliar territory. WOT's color-coded icons show you ratings for well over 21 million websites, helping you avoid the dangerous sites:
Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)
If you are not familiar with those features, additional information with accompanying screen captures is available here at our forum member cum MVPs Corrine's blog: Internet Explorer 9, Privacy and Security Enhancements.
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