Browsing on the internet today has become almost a normal part of our daily routine. However, despite this worldwide usage, internet is certainly not without its dangerous risks and threats to a common user that ranges from such attacks like viruses, malwares, cyber theft, online phishing & fraud: all of which heavily jeopardizes your personal information and the health of your expensive system.
Fortunately, there exist some steps which if you take as a precaution, it will greatly decrease the risk of you being theft via online scams or even your computer getting infected by a complex malware or a virus. So, let us explore some of the ways to secure your browser and protect your computer.
Keeping your browser up-to-date
No matter what browser you use, it is crucial for you to keep it updated with the frequent updates released by the developing company. Internet technology is a process of continuous evolution so a user must keep up with the pace or else they will be left behind: more appropriately said they will become vulnerable to various threats across the web. It is extremely easy for a user to keep their browser upgraded because the most widely used browsers today such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc., comes with an automatic update option kept on by default so a user really does not have to do anything at all.
For those who do not appreciate an automatic update procedure they can manually download the latest updates as released by the developers of the browser. Additionally, along with updating your browser, it is also strongly recommended to keep your operating system up-to-date as well whenever they are released by the company. By following this first simple rule, you can keep your system and your browser quite safe and protected against most of the harmful influences.
Install a genuine and reputable antivirus/malware software
Installing an antivirus/malware software on your system gives you a great amount of freedom in using web or PC based applications. Antivirus and antimalware software are programed with such complex algorithm engine that is capable of detecting and removing hundreds of types of viruses/malwares that play a vital role in destabilizing or perhaps destroying your PC for good.
There is an abundant amount of antivirus/malware programs available today in the market which a person can buy for both home and office use. However, even with an antivirus software, you will be left vulnerable to many threats if you do not keep them updated accordingly as they are released. So buy an antivirus/malware software that suits your needs the best and keep it frequently updated for a better and safe online experience.
Install applications only from a trusted supplier
Although, this option might seems to be a little demotivating because there are many sources on the web to download different types of software’s completely free – but no matter whatsoever – you must have to keep the scope of your downloading pretty limited to only those providers who are highly trusted on the web. There is a huge trend today where we see a huge amount of people interested in downloading a lot of free applications from a variety of sources on the web, only to find out that sooner or later their computer has either been infected with a virus/malware or their system starts to function improperly with hardware crashes.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that prior to your downloading of any specific program, spend some time in researching about it and the best trusted sources on the web from where you can get that program. Another quick tip for the wise, remember that most of the portals that provides free software’s are usually the ones where you may find some secret gimmick or files that may infect and harm your system.
Keep your privacy-level strict in your browser
The easiest way a hacker finds the path to your system or your personal information on the web is to sneak in through various flaws and inconsistencies within your OS or your browser. Due to this grave reason, many OS and browsers today comes with strict privacy policies within so that little to no way should be left for the hackers to get into your domain. Keep the privacy or security settings in your browser at high or at least medium level so that all incoming traffic or queries should first be examined or blocked if not from a trusted source.
Use the latest and high encryption supported browsers only
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a combination of technology that keeps sensitive data transmission such as financial info or personal info over the web secured and protected against any harmful intervention. Almost every authentic or major websites in the world use these technologies to ensure their users of higher security and secrecy for the personal information they exchange with them.
It is strongly advised for the web users to only use such browsers that complies with the updated encryption standards set by the TLS and SSL. The latest encryption technique will connect you to any site with the most reliable and protected link in which you can easily transfer such critical information like credit cards info, bank accounts info, governmental info, or any other highly confidential personal info that can be compromised if got into the wrong hands.
So, you might be thinking after reading this article that how complicated is to keep our web & system protected against harmful attacks from outside. The fact in truth is that a little knowledge of these things will keep you highly secure and your system stable for long, and amazingly these simple and short procedures are really not too complex at all. Therefore, keep up to the standard and save yourself from a lot of troublesome hassles.