How are your Browsers exposing you to attacks?

Raj PagariyaCyber Security

(1) Active X

  • Active X is an add-on of Windows Operating System which is required by some websites to view certain elements or take actions.
  • Criminals use Active X to create or add malicious Active X controls to web pages in order to damage computers through your browsers.

(2) Java

  • Java is Programming Language used to create apps or active content for websites. It is used in desktop apps and browser plug-ins.
  • Java plug-ins have a number of loopholes in security allowing hackers to access personal data.
  • Always disable plugins if they are not in use.

(3) JavaScript

  • Programming Language used for developing interactive web pages and displaying dynamic content on your browsers.
  • Many virus scripts are based on JavaScript and are used to perform malicious tasks.

(4) Cookies

  • Cookies are files which are stored on browsers and hold significant amount of history.
  • Cookies can be used by websites to increase User Experience but misuse of cookies has raised serious privacy concerns.

(5) Extensions or Add-ons

  • Extensions or add-ons are pieces of software that add or modify a feature or functionality in web browsers.
  • Some of them allow us to block ads, download YouTube videos etc.
  • At times, extensions can be used to inject ads into the sites visited or track entire browsing activity.

Although full proof security can not be guaranteed, here are a few steps to secure yourself:

  • Choose the option, “Always ask me where to save files” in your browsers so that their is no risk of a web location trying to automatically save dangerous content to the computer.
  • Never ever allow websites to track you. Instead, choose the option “Tell sites that I do not want to be tracked.”
  • For additional security, do not allow the browsers to remember browsing history or use Incognito Mode.
  • Also set the browsers to “Warn you when sites try to install add-ons, block reported sites etc.”
  • Set up a master password on Mozilla Firefox.
  • Never allow the browser to sync with Google Account.

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In the fight for online protection, keeping your browsers secure is a vital step. That is the OS should contain multiple layers of protection for securing the web browsers as it is the central tool used to access social media accounts, e-mail, online banking etc.