(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
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.
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!
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.
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.