internet explorer – PrivaSecTech Wed, 15 Jan 2020 21:40:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Browser plugins for device protection Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:35:09 +0000 Continue reading Browser plugins for device protection]]> These are the three browser plugins for device protection I recommend you install. The first one is arguably more important than anti-virus, and takes a while to get used too as you have to enable scripts on pages you trust.

This is an updated post from April 2012 post called the browser tracker test. An important caveat before installing any browser plugin, is that if you read the warnings from your browser, it is likely that the developer of that plugin will have access to every website you ever visit while having that plugin enabled! That being said, if you’re going to install plugins to improve your privacy and security while browsing, these are the top 3 recommended browser plugins for 2013:

  • Script blocking (browser plugin that blocks scripts by default, the most important plugin one can have!)
  • Disconnect (browser plugin that shows how many trackers any given website is using)
  • Ad Block Plus (browser plugin that blocks ads on websites, which often includes trackers)
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The top 3 steps to protect your computing device Mon, 13 May 2013 17:46:43 +0000 Continue reading The top 3 steps to protect your computing device]]> If you’re wondering what the top 3 steps to protect your computing device, this post is for you. It’s important to note I said device and not computer, as the same should apply to any device with a browser, including a smart phone like an iphone or android.

1) Update all of your software when alerted an update is available.

When an attacker figures out how to exploit any version of any of your installed software, it’s a race between the attacker, and the patch or update fixing this vulnerability. If you’re still not patched, that means any attacker to come across this exploit can easily attack you.

2) Enable script blocking in your browsers.

Most web based attacks still seem to be through malicious websites using javascript or flash. You should not have this turned on by default, but only on websites that you trust.

3) Install and use anti-virus properly.

Many people have some version of anti-virus installed on their computers, but remember this also includes macosx users, and more importantly it requires you use the antivirus software properly, which very few seem to do.

These steps should apply to all of the devices in your workplace, as well as you personally.

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