Configuring your Internet browser, (Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) to set up a suitable level of security is another step toward having a safer, more secure Internet experience. We have suggested that Internet users surf safely and use proper security practices such as having a good security suite of software including anti virus, spyware protection, firewall, etc. In addition to having these excellent practices, there is another “tool” to make us more secure, and that’s the built-in security options in our web browsers. They have become very flexible in giving users the ability to choose how secure they want to be (or not) when they use the Internet.
This ability is great to have, but all these settings and terms/labels used can be somewhat confusing to the average Internet user—to the point that many folks ignore these valuable tools. However, while visiting the Kaspersky security site I came across two slide shows on setting up Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox for safer Internet security. Kaspersky, a well-known and respected security vendor, partnered with US-CERT to produce these excellent, step-by-step slide shows.
Configuring your browser for greater safety on the Internet, as sweet as that sounds, is not without a downside…you know I always give you both the good and the bad, right? Well, in my opinion, this “downside” is a minor one when considering the potential havoc of surfing without a proper level of security. You know, malware injections onto your computer, identity theft, emptied bank accounts and fraudulent use of your credit cards, stuff like that. Okay, here’s the rub; the higher security settings recommended by these slide shows may cause some websites to not operate the same, and you’ll receive more warning messages from your browser. The slide shows recommend how to minimize these inconveniences by listing which sites you trust to have good security, and allowing these sites to have a slightly lower security level.
But folks, we all need to get use to having some inconveniences in our Internet use if it means having a more safe Internet experience. Believe me when I say that a small difference in how a website acts and having a few more warning messages is nothing…repeat nothing compared to the damage which can ensue should you be infected by visiting a bad site. So take a look at these instructions and setup your browser for the level of security they recommend. Then see for yourself how well you like it (or not) and then make your own decision on how much security you want versus how much safety you’d like to have. As always, if you’re uncomfortable making the suggested changes; seek out a technical support person to help you get it setup.
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