Browser Security
March 23, 2017Mike Rush By Mike Rush: Social Media Manager

Take your browser security to the next level

Aren’t you tired of annoying pop-ups that slow your computer way down, or give you viruses that cripple your PC faster than De’Aaron Fox on a fast break? What if we said you could make minor changes to your lineup to drastically speed up browsing sessions, improve browser security, and reduce your risk of downloading malware or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs)?

Well, hold onto your hats, folks. That’s exactly what I’m going to do. (Just think of all the time and hassle you’ll save when you no longer have to remove junk programs from your parents’ computers due to accidental pop-up clicks!)

Which browsers do you recommend?

Personally, I’m a fan of Google Chrome and Opera, but I also use the most up-to-date versions of Waterfox and Internet Explorer for testing purposes or when accessing certain content management systems. Each of the above has quality security features, including pop-up blockers, antispyware, antivirus, anti-phishing, and private modes. Here’s a breakdown.

Google Chrome: I’m biased here, but Chrome is extremely stable, has cross-platform functionality, and it’s pretty darn fast if you have enough RAM or a gaming PC like myself. Most importantly, however, it offers a wide range of extensions for improved user experience and navigation, handling pop-ups and ads, etc. If you’re a fellow Chrome user, I can’t recommend Adblock Plus enough. It’s amazing how quickly pages load when they’re not cluttered up with ads you’d never intentionally click on anyway.

Waterfox: Firefox was a longtime favorite of mine for a variety of reasons, but we’ve grown apart in recent years. Let’s face it: back when we first met, Firefox looked good, moved fast, and had better functionality than anything else available. These days, Firefox has gotten sluggish and imposes too many restrictions for my liking. (And let’s not forget the incessant update phase from a few years back.) My new side-browser is Waterfox. If privacy is a concern, you’ll be happy to hear that absolutely no data is sent back to Firefox or Waterfox. You can also sleep better at night knowing that Waterfox is partners with Ecosia, a search engine provider that plants trees with earned revenue. Built on the same Firefox code but without the painful restrictions, it reminds me why I ever fell in love with Firefox in the first place.

Opera: Maybe it sounds crazy, but Opera is my favorite mobile browser. I get impatient about slow network speeds and Wi-Fi connections, especially when my ISP throttles my bandwidth. Opera is super-fast and has plenty of features, but what really makes it stand out for mobile is its Turbo Mode. Turbo Mode compresses web traffic through Opera’s servers, reduces the amount of data transferred, AND it dodges annoying ISP restrictions. Opera has built-in fraud and malware protection that’s enabled by default. It uses several databases and blacklists for known phishing and malware websites to help with browser security.

Internet Explorer: If I’m being honest, I wouldn’t say I like IE. But the reason it’s on this list is that it’s still a shockingly popular browser, and a lot of content management systems and other programs I’m required to use professionally run more smoothly with IE. You can adjust security levels, enable the SmartScreen Filter, and enable ActiveX filtering for enhanced browser secuirty on Internet Explorer.

Turn your Browser Security into a Slam Dunk

Having layers of protection is never a bad idea, especially with the evolving threats we’re faced with today. Preventing pop-ups is a quick and easy step to protect yourself and any family members you may have who aren’t as up-to-date on mitigation techniques. Built-in antispyware and anti-phishing components of these browsers typically notify users when they click malicious or risky URLs, thereby stopping attacks before the actual malware or spyware is downloaded onto your machine.

By using secure browsers on all your devices, in addition to cloud-based cybersecurity, you can avoid many of the threats on the web, and seriously up your security game.

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5 Responses to Take your browser security to the next level

  1. My question may not totally fall under this. Is there a better way to insure that little of no surf history is used or sold to a 3rd party?? I ask this due to a bill that was passed in the house. Senate Republicans Just Voted to Kill Internet Privacy
    The G.O.P. wants to let your Internet service provider sell your browsing history to third parties—without asking first.

  2. I agree with you, put Adblock Plus in google crome able to avoid some very disturbing ads in several sites are too many advertisements. Excess Adblock Plus in Google Crome in addition to blocking ads are also able to speed up browsing, for the last few years I prefer to use Google Crome browser rather than Mozilla Firefox.
    Thanks for your information Mike, great article.

  3. Thought I’d give Waterfox a try. Downloaded it so I could compare it with Firefox. Problem, once I downloaded Waterfox, I couldn’t open Firefox. You might want to let your webroot clients know that you can’t have both browsers on you PC. Not sure why as I have both Firefox and IE.

  4. But in simple words if we use adblock for our browsers and disable java script additionally we will stay away from threats.
    And as i know we are under radar if we are using internet explorer. So we should have to switch to the better one. Such as Firefox / Chrome/ Opera

    Thanks for the update Mike.

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