Browser Configuration Secrets to Protect Your Personal Data

A browser is an implicit necessity for any kind of activity on the internet. This is the doorway to the world wide web. Essentially, protecting your personal information equates to browser security. To protect from hacking through your browser, you can easily control the privacy settings of your browser.

Steps to keep your browser secure-

  1. Configure the privacy settings for the browser
  • Deactivate ActiveX – These are browser plug-ins which connects your PC with flash-based interactions on some websites. This provides the website to access your PC.
  • Disable JavaScript – This is needed by YouTube, Google Docs, pop-up ads etc. So, disabling it gives you a browser with no pop-ups.
  • Delete Cookies – cookies are data files which store browsing information. It becomes a valuable feed for hackers to pull out your emails, logins, and passwords.
  • Block the third-party cookies and site data – This protects you from getting ad tracked by digital advertisers.
  • Surf as anonymous user – When this mode is enabled, your browser won’t save any surf history, cookies or passwords. In Safari and Firefox, this feature is called “private browsing”. In Google Chrome, this feature is called “incognito browsing” and in Internet explorer it is called ‘InPrivate browsing”.
  • Enable phishing and malware protection under Privacy section.
  • Keep your email account disconnected from the browser.
  • Disable pop-ups.
  • Disable autofill for passwords and saving password feature.
  • Disable location – This Stops websites requests for your physical location.
  1. Keep your browser updated
  2. Sign up for alerts
  3. Be careful while installing browser plugins
  4. Install a good antivirus software
  5. Browse sites starting with https:// not http://
  6. Check unknown links at LongURL.org before you click on them to avoid access to malicious links

Google’s URL removal tool, this removes private photos from the internet.