Mozilla Firefox: Protecting your private information
When using internet, it is utmost important to secure one’s information. We share a lot of information with media. But there is certain information that is not expressly shared but obtained due to technical features that allow others to view them.
Since there is the danger of such information falling in the hands of unscrupulous individuals, it is important to secure one’s browsing. The internet is a place for such indivuals to lurk around and scout for info. Threats should hence be considered before embarking on installing browsers and using them.
Since we also sync our devices making a lot of information available out there, it is all the more important that we secure our data. There are anti-viruses, reliable pop-up blockers, good protection against spyware, utility programs that clean, unwanted files and cookies.
Web browsers have their vulnerabilities. It needs to be secured first.
Several threats exist:
> Most users who are unfamiliar with internet usage click on links without knowing what it is.
> Websites posing as legitimate ask for customer details.
> Browsers that promise fast downloads without securing the data.
> Programs and applications that do not have the ability to receive patches.
> Questionable websites that ask users to install or download features so that malwares or malicious content can be downloaded.
Those technical experts who have malicious intents use vulnerabilities in the browser to access database and operating systems. To make browsing safe with Mozilla web browser, go to settings and select Tools and Options.
In the Options section, go to General tab.
There’s an option known as “Always ask me where to save files”. Enable this option so that any random web location won’t have the ability to automatically save dangerous content to your computer. Also, as a user you will have the option to place suspicious content in a location where you can analyze it afterward.
Go to Privacy settings next.
In Tracking and History sections, check the bullet, “Tell sites that I do not want to be tracked”.
By choosing this option, you are informing a website that you prefer to opt-out of third-party tracking that intends to advertise content. Move to the History section and choose the “Never remember history”, when using a public computer or a computer that is used by several people.
To configure in further detail, go to History section and select Use custom settings for history from the drop-down menu.
One can choose for example, “Always use private browsing mode”, for browsing in a shared environment. On selecting this option, once the session is over, all browsing, search and download history, and cookies are deleted.
Over to the last change in the Security category.
First of all, check the first three options “Warn me when…,”Block reported …” and “Block reported …” If a site attempts to install an add-on, a warning will display at the top of the browser.
Use the Master Password feature to encrypt data on the system.