The Internet has become so crowded that malicious content can easily get past the firewalls and in to your PCs. But it doesn’t happen automatically. Most of the problems are because of the user’s ignorance.
If you are using your web browser for banking purposes, then you should be doubly cautious as well. There are hundreds and thousands of malwares that capture your passwords.
Don’t Worry! Let me tell you all that you need to care about.
First Thing, Update Your Browser!
Every month we get updates for our browser and most of us usually ignore them because they are annoying and use up our Internet bandwidth.
But that is not what they are meant for.
Most of these updates are packed up with bug fixes so that it’s not exploited by hackers.
Browsers like Chrome also pay for finding bugs in their software. So, it all boils down ultimately to the security of the users.
Fix: Either manually update your browser each month or you can even edit the settings to automatically update when an update arrives.
Using Incognito Mode
Every newer browser has the option to go incognito(or private mode) built in to them.
So when should you use it?
The two major situations where private mode comes in handy are:
1. Using Personal Accounts on Someone else’s PC/Mobile (Yes, mobile browsers also have incognito mode)
2. Banking Transactions
By using private browsing mode, your usage is not saved on the particular computer. Once the session is closed, the history and cookies are cleared.
Also, it works as a sandbox(closed environment) where in if the browser has some malicious cookies already, those things does not affect your private browsing.
Also Read: Why Should You Start Using Incognito Mode
Add-ons And Extensions
Most of the tracking and malicious code are hidden behind the advertisements on the web. You can use an ad blocker extension to block all the adds completely.
AdBlock Plus is the best ad blocker out there. It even blocks ads that come on Facebook.
You can even use Opera browser as it has a built-in ad blocker.
Also Read: How Opera’s Latest Browser Can Make You Stop Using Google Chrome
Another thing you can do is to disable tracking.
Go to Settings -> Privacy & Security Section -> Tick “Send do not track request” option.
Doing so, you are explicitly telling the website no to track you on the web.
But this doesn’t have to be so effective. Disconnect is a plugin that effectively handles the same operation.
It implements the anti-tracking and anti-cookie extensions. Disconnect also protects you from malwares embedded in advertisements as well.
Note: Not all the extensions are legit. It is better to go with extensions from well known companies.
Monitor All The Links
If you are a download addict, you would be encountering a lot of links. Does all the links work? Not at all.
Web Of Trust(WOT) is a browser extension that ranks websites based on it’s trustworthiness, making it easy to see if you could click a link or not.
And these ratings are generally aggregated from WOT users itself.
Tip: Avoid clicking on flashing banners that pop-up on the screen.
Enhancing Account Security
Most of the services these days offer Two-Factor Authentication by which you will have to verify the pass code as well as the one time key sent to your mobile number.
Set up two-factor authentication for all web accounts that contain sensitive data. You can also use Google Authenticator App for a GMail account.
Use A VPN
A VPN service helps you stay anonymous on the web(to an extent). Services from companies like Opera even offer Ad Blocking via their VPN itself.
If you want to know more about VPN, look here.
No. You are not that safe. And can never be(completely safe). But these above tips can help you improve the security.
Always keep in mind to doubt all the links on the web. It might be a fun activity for the hacker(or so) but you might lose some potential information.
If you follow any other techniques for web browsing, do let us know below in the comments.