Seven Ways to Improve Browser Security

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Choosing a web browser can be the single most important security decision you make for your computer, so it’s vital that the browser you choose not only delivers in performance but also provides top-notch security. The Personal Technology Experts at Support.com (Nasdaq:SPRT), a provider of technology services and software for consumers and small businesses, took a closer look at Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, and identified seven great security features all users should take advantage of, no matter which browser they use:

—  Pop-up Blocker

Pop-up windows are used by websites for displaying

advertisements when visitors are on their site, but malicious websites

often use pop-up windows to distribute malicious code. Pop-up blockers

prevent websites from opening pop-up windows without your consent!

—  Clear Data

During Internet sessions web browsers collect data

including websites visited, cookies downloaded, cached data and images,

recently used passwords, etc. The “clear data” feature in web browsers

helps delete the collected data in just a few clicks.

—  Parental Control

This excellent feature lets you filter web content

and configure your browser to allow or block specific types of

content/websites. Internet Explorer 9 has a built-in parental control

feature. Although Google and Firefox do not have this feature built-in,

you can install a quality third-party add-on or extension to get this

feature.

—  Auto-Update

It is extremely important that your web browser is

always up-to-date with the latest security patches, but updating

manually is not only time consuming but also a bit risky since you may

miss an important update. Never miss a key update with this feature!

—  Do Not Track

Many websites track and collect information about the

pages you view on their sites and use it to deliver targeted ads back to

you. The “Do Not Track” feature allows you to configure your browser to

instruct websites not to track your browsing habits. Firefox and

Internet Explorer have built-in “Do Not Track” features, while Chrome

expects to introduce it by the end of 2012.

—  Anti-Phishing

Online phishing takes a genuine-looking, but

fraudulent website is created to steal personal information from

unsuspecting visitors. Anti-phishing features detect fraudulent sites

and display warning messages when you try to access those websites!

—   Anti-Malware

These filter and safe browsing features in web

browsers can help prevents users from accidentally visiting

malware-infected websites and downloading malicious content from them.

Unfortunately, no single security system or program is enough, and it is

imperative that all users deploy multiple lines of defense to guard

against increasing spyware and malware threats.

Consider the security features listed above and choose the web browser you like the most. We also recommend having multiple browsers installed on your computer so you can take advantage of the best each has to offer and use them accordingly.

About Support.com

Support.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPRT) provides technology services and software for consumers and small businesses. Support.com(R) Personal Technology Experts provide a quick, cost-effective and stress-free technology support experience over the Internet and the phone using the Company’s advanced technology platform. Support.com also offers a wide range of easy-to-use software products that detect and repair common computer problems and optimize performance and security. Support.com offers programs through many of the nation’s leading retailers, broadband service providers and technology companies, and provides software to over a million consumers and small businesses. For more information please visit us at: www.support.com, www.facebook.com/support.com, or http://twitter.com/support_com.

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