Given the amount of threats facing Internet users today, it is critical that as a user, you learn to protect yourself while browsing the web. Here are some fast and easy tips to ensure your online browsing is safe and secure.
Tips for Google Chrome –
Don’t use Chrome to store your passwords on your work computer or phone. Chrome saves passwords in plain text so they are not encrypted.
Use a password manager like Dashlane, Blur, LastPass, or KeePass.
Separate business and personal accounts. Keep your corporate Google account separate from your personal bookmarks, documents, and other cloud data. Try using a different browser like Firefox or Opera for your personal accounts.
Disable the prediction service for better privacy to prevent anything from being sent to Google’s servers. This can be found in Settings> Show Advanced Settings> Privacy.
Lastly, disable Autofill to prevent your saved information from being used if someone else if your device gets lost or stolen.
Tips for Firefox –
Unlike Chrome, Firefox encrypts your passwords, and you can set a master password that must be entered to access any passwords you’ve told Firefox to save.
Set up master password. Click the 3 lined button in your browser window>the gear icon (Options)>Security tab. Enable a master password here that will protect your list of saved passwords from unauthorized access.
Clear passwords. In the same menu, you can click the Saved Passwords button and tell Firefox to forget specific passwords or all of them.
Set up Sync, Firefox’s online password service. Unlike Firefox’s default password management, you can log into Sync (or similar LastPass) from any computer with an Internet connection.
Use a browser extension called HTTPS Everywhere forChrome, Firefox, Opera, and Firefox for Android. This provides encryption when available for most sites making you connecting secure.
Other Useful Tips –
Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network), It secures your computer’s internet connection to guarantee that all of the data you’re sending and receiving is encrypted and secured from prying eyes. Even though reliable, high-quality personal VPN providers charge for access, you can lower your total cost by choosing a yearly subscription over a monthly. It is definitely a worthy investment.
Even with antivirus software, it’s a good idea to do a manual malware scan of your computer.
An antimalware app is an excellent second defense. Popular choices include Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Spybot Search & Destroy, and Trend Micro HijackThis.
Use ad-blockers like Ghostery, AdBlock, or Adblock Plus to block annoying and unwanted ads.