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PC Security - Internet Browsers

In a sense, one might consider a browser to have a built in security system. Browsers act much like a mode of transportation for the Internet, allowing us to travel to various destinations quickly and easily, hopefully while implementing the security system to keep us safe while we travel. Unfortunately, there are those who can break through that security system, leaving us vulnerable to cyber carjacking, or in this case, computer jacking!

There are ways, however, to minimize the security risk when you are traveling the world wide web. It starts by selecting the right browser. While 90% of Internet travelers use Internet Explorer for their world wide web transportation, it isn't necessarily the best, or the safest to use.

Users have discovered that other browsers, such as Firefox, offer better security than Internet Explorer. This doesn't mean that Firefox is better than Internet Explorer, in terms of usability - it just means that it is safer. It is also important to note that worms, viruses, and trojan horses are often written specifically for a certain browser. Using a 'lesser known' browser may actually keep you safer.

The next step to protecting your PC is education. You need to know about and understand the various options that are available with your Internet browser. These options play an important role in your overall system security. There are numerous options that are essentially user-specified rules, although these are typically set up by the network administrator or the system administrators, even on personal computers running with a Windows XP or Windows Vista operating system.

These options determine what controls are turned on and off within the browser, which in turn, protects the PC by either allowing or disallowing certain things to run from web pages, such as a VB script, an ASP application, an XML document, Java, and JavaScript. Sometimes, these elements are used to create viruses and even a Trojan Horse.

Average users can be very confused by how they should set the options in the web browser. They will have the option of allowing ActiveX controls and plugins and such. Most don't even know what those are! The good news is that you don't have to be a computer doctor to figure these things out. Just simply look at the options, and read about the various things you are being asked. You can easily have all of your options set - in the correct way for your risk tolerance - within a few hours.

The final key to computer security with your browser is to be careful about the sites you are choosing to browse. First, you should always avoid downloading any ActiveX controls when prompted, unless the web site is one that you truly trust, such as Microsoft. These ActiveX controls may actually be dialers, adware, spyware, or something equally nasty.

Just as the eyes are the window to the soul, your browser is the window to your computer - and all of the information that you have stored on your computer. When you are on the Internet, you are not only seeing the rest of the world, but you are also being seen. If you are accessing a web site, you are equally opening yourself up to being accessible. Usually, this access you are granting is just in the form of a harmless cookies. These are fine. It is the executable (or exe) downloads that one must be careful with.

  PC Security: Index
  PC Security: Internet Browsers
  PC Security: Spam
  PC Security: Stopping Spam Part 1
  PC Security: Stopping Spam Part 2
  PC Security: Spam Scams
  PC Security: Email Security and Spam
  PC Security: Email Security
  PC Security: Computer Viruses
  PC Security: Protecting Computers From Viruses
  PC Security: Worm Viruses
  PC Security: Trojan Horse Viruses
  PC Security: Rootkits
  PC Security: Removing a Virus
  PC Security: Virus Hoaxes
  PC Security: Server Viruses
  PC Security: Home Network
  PC Security: Cell Phone Viruses
  PC Security: Spyware
  PC Security: Firewalls Part 1
  PC Security: Firewalls Part 2
  PC Security: Parental Control Software
  PC Security: Malware - Spyware and Adware
  PC Security: Data Backups
  PC Security: Pop Up Windows
  PC Security: Safe Public Computer Use

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