This is something I came across the other day. I'm doing a copy paste of this thread from another forum I frequent.
Perhaps consider the merit in this.
A lot of people are in the dark about securing their web browsers and just assume Windows or Apple have taken care of any issues.
The problem is, there's always people updating hacks and exploits and that means you have to do some things to pro-actively protect your web experience.
I'm going to list 3 things you should all be doing. If you follow these steps your web experience will be a lot safer.
Number 1 - PICK THE RIGHT BROWSER
Don't use Internet Explorer if you can help it. That will solve a LOT of problems as 90% of web nasties focus on Explorer and all it's security flaws.
Windows users should be running the latest FireFox web browser and remove Explorer from your desktop or menu so you don't use it again!http://www.firefox.com
Mac users can stick with Safari or use firefox but will still need to add the following add-ons along with Windows users.Number 2 - BROWSER ADD-ONS
There's a couple add-ons you can apply to Firefox or Safari which will add a lot of extra protection by blocking web ads and any nasty cookies or spybots that your browser could pick up. If your using Firefox or Safari then add these:AdBlocker
- this will block most banner ads and clean up a lot of web pages that are covered in advertising. Those banner ads can infect your computer even if you don't click on them. Adblocker will get rid of them and make the web pages load quicker and safer.
For Firefox: Adblock Plus :: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/
For Safari: AdBlock http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsafariadblock.com%2F&ei=kcl6TpOOIcOhiAfa3pD_Dw&usg=AFQjCNFVfGLpwHnrWzt3aNtt3aPNDQKoTwGhostery
- this will block tracking cookies for advertisers on websites. You can select to allow ghostery to ignore certain sites if you trust them. You may be surprised how many trackers have been following you after you add this as it will display the number of trackers on each site you visit:http://www.ghostery.com/
Number 3 - WINDOWS USERS NEED EXTRA SECURITY
If your using Windows you'll need to add some more security to your PC. One of the best free methods is using SpyBot Search & Destroy. This will find any nasty stuff that you don't want on your PC and remove it and then block it from ever coming back. Install and run SpyBot S&D and you will be amazed at how many things your PC has picked up along the way - even if you have Norton or mcafee installed. Mac users won't need this and should be protected if they've kept up to date with software updates.http://www.safer-networking.org/en/spybotsd/index.html