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joe53
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Registered: ‎11-28-2011
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Browser Security

Great info here!

 

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.

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CyrusR
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Registered: ‎11-29-2011
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Re: Browser Security

Hello Joe53,

 

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).

 

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).

 

Regarding your question on a security plug-in, you might want to check on Trend Micro's Browser Guard.  This one is good for Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. :smileywink:

 

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Cyrus

Bugbatter
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Registered: ‎05-01-2010
Location: USA

Re: Browser Security

Most of us are familiar with Malwarebytes Free version. The paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has a website blocking component. Mine popped up today after a member of another community posted a link to what MBAM considered "a malicious website". 

 

Our friends at WOT do a good job not only rating links in searches, but those on Facebook as well.The WOT add-on shows you which websites you can trust based on millions of users' experiences.

Web Of Trust , 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:

  • Red for Warning = STOP
  • Yellow for Use Caution
  • Green for Safe
  • Grey for Unknown
There are other similar products, but these are two that I use.

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Re: Browser Security

Many programs have protective toolbars that install or you can choose to install with them. I.e.. ZoneAlarm, Avast, AVG. But WOT is the same thing and even better in a way.

Personally I have the following plugins on all my firefox browsers and PC's.

 

  • NoScript - I turn on Allow Scripts Globally. It still blocks click hi jackings.
  • Flashblock
  • adblock plus - I choose either the easylist or fanboys list. Then I go into the settings and add the other one of the 2 so that both are active and block about every ad. ( It's best to allow ads on known safe sites - as that is what's keeping them free for us to visit)

My 2 Cents on Browser Security.

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Aiscer
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Re: Browser Security

Thinking of it.. I never did configured any of my browsers to a certain extent. I rely purely on insight not to install any toolbars, never visit sites with bizaare domains, never click or install pop-ups for either codecs or extensions, and when doing online payments or banking I check both certificate and URL that the site can be trusted and secure (https). So far and for almost 15 years of browsing I never encountered a threat introduced into any of my computers through any of my browsers.

 

 

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Re: Browser Security


Aiscer wrote:

. I rely purely on insight not to install any toolbars, never visit sites with bizaare domains, never click or install pop-ups for either codecs or extensions, and when doing online payments or banking I check both certificate and URL that the site can be trusted and secure (https)

 

 


That's a good way to be. My computers have never been infected -- yet using most of those same techniques.

However, those of us who clean systems via forums and moderate posts by others trying to help, sometimes have to check links posted by the well-meaning public who feel the need to offer advice to original posters requesting malware fixes.It is beneficial to me to have a couple of browser add-ons that assist me in researching dangerous websites so that I do not have to actually go there.


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Aiscer
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Re: Browser Security


However, those of us who clean systems via forums and moderate posts by others trying to help, sometimes have to check links posted by the well-meaning public who feel the need to offer advice to original posters requesting malware fixes.It is beneficial to me to have a couple of browser add-ons that assist me in researching dangerous websites so that I do not have to actually go there.


Ive'd been through several forums though never in a forum such as actually reading and interpreting malware logs or attached files. If I were in such forum or site research then I will need more than insight and would be asking for more than I can chew, last time I did that my internet connection went haywire which I found out that it was a retaliation attack :smileyvery-happy:

 

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Corrine
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Registered: ‎11-03-2011
Location: Upstate, NY

Re: Browser Security

 

MrPeter1985 nicely covered the primary extensions for Firefox above.  To add to his response, Firefox Version 5 added the option to not be tracked:

 

  1. Click the Firefox button:
  2. On the Options dialog, click the "Privacy" button:
  3. Under "Tracking", select the "Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked" option:
  4. Then click "OK"

Let's not leave out the security features of IE9:

 

  • Tracking Protection Lists
  • Active X Filtering
  • Smart Screen Filter, including:
    • Application Reputation and
    • Anti-Phishing and Malvertising Protection

(If you are not familiar with those features, additional information with accompanying screen captures is available in my tutorial Internet Explorer 9, Privacy and Security Enhancements.)

 

 

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joe53
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Re: Browser Security

My thanks to all for your opinions, your links, and your time.

 

I keep 3 browsers installed on my systems, and keeping them all current is a challenge!

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Re: Browser Security


Corrine wrote:

 

...To add to his response, Firefox Version 5 added the option to not be tracked:


Thanks! I forgot about that option. I ran accross it before. Nice of them to add it. :smileywink:

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