These tips below will help you secure your web browser from attackers, whether they’re using malvertising attacks, compromising websites, or just directing you to malicious websites they’ve created.
Enable Click-to-Play Plug-ins
Enable the click-to-play plugins option in your browser. This will help web pages load faster and save your CPU cycles and battery power. It also contains alot of security benefits. Attackers won’t have access to exploit flaws in your browser plug-ins in the background, as you’ll only allow the plug-in to load when you have a good reason to do so.
Keep Plug-ins Updated, Too
Any plug-ins you do need should automatically update themselves. Leave Adobe Flash’s automatic updates enabled. Google Chrome automatically updates its own copy of Flash and Windows 10 updates Edge’s copy of Flash, but you’ll need to update other versions of Flash automatically.
Ensure plug-ins you use are updated regularly and automatically.
Keep Your Browser Updated
Use the current version of your web browser and keep automatic updates enabled.
Use the latest Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox and leave automatic updates enabled, use a current version of Internet Explorer on a modern version of Windows and install Windows updates, or use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.
Remove Unused Plug-ins
Uninstall any plug-ins you don’t make use of to secure your web browser. Go to your web browser’s list of installed plug-ins and remove the unused ones. Java is particularly dangerous and used by few websites, uninstall it.
Microsoft’s Silverlight is becoming unnecessary and is no longer needed for Netflix. The plug-in you’re most likely to need is Flash, and even it is becoming unnecessary.
Feel free to uninstall a plug-in you know you are not usinh. The worst thing is you’ll have to reinstall it when you come across a website that needs it, and that may never happen.
Run an Anti-Exploit Program
Anti-exploit programs saves your web browser against some of the most common types of attacks. It is better than relying on antivirus-style blacklists of specific software and behavior, these programs just prevent certain types of unusual behavior from occurring.
Your two options you have here are Microsoft’s EMET and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. Both are free for browser protection, but we would recommend Anti-Exploit because it is easier to set up and is more of a consumer product.
It’s still a good idea to use antivirus software, but it is not good entirely rely on antivirus.
Use Caution When Using Browser Extensions
Browser extensions are very powerful tools for customizing the web and your browser, they are also dangerous at the same time. Rogue extensions could insert advertisements into web pages you use, capture keystrokes, track your browsing activity, and do some other things.
Try to use as few browser extensions as possible, that will help make your browser perform better. Evaluate browser extensions like you would software you install on your computer.
Saving your browser’s software is just one of the things. It’s also important to avoid nasty software. Many websites try to trick you into downloading junkware instead of the software you’re really looking for, and even legitimate software is often bundled with potentially dangerous junk.