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Tips for Safer Browsing

The following tips for safer browsing are here to help users stay safe online. Choose the following recommendations that work for you, ignore the others. Unfortunately, some of the points turn conveniences into obstacles. No single point will block all attacks. In any case, all of these practices have counter examples that show its ineffectiveness.

Tips for Safer Browsing


Note: Browser updates don’t always check the status of browser plugins. Make sure you keep track of the plugins you use and keep them current just as you would the browser itself.

Two sites to help with this are:


Useful Plugins

The Firefox community has a wealth of plugins available to extend, customize, and secure the browser. NoScript offers in-browser defenses against some types of cross-site scripting, common cross-site request forgery exploits, and clickjacking. The benefits of NoScript are balanced by the relative knowledge required to configure it. For the most part, the extension will block browser attacks, but in some cases may break a web site or falsely generate a security notice. If you’ve used plugins like GreaseMonkey then you’ll likely be comfortable with the configu-ration and maintenance of NoScript.

The EFF sponsors the HTTPS Everywhere plugin for Firefox and Chrome. This plugin changes the browser’s default connection preference from HTTP to the encrypted HTTPS. It only works for sites that provide HTTPS access to their content. The plugin remains useful, but the real solution requires site owners to fully implement HTTPS or HSTS to maintain encrypted traffic to the browser.


Published on Wed 22 February 2017 by Macy Leftwing in Security with tag(s): browser