December 26, 2011

Keeping Yourself Secure On the Internet

Keeping Yourself Secure On the Internet

It’s important to keep a watchful eye out when browsing the internet. Pay attention to sites with popups and trying to sell you things. Visit reputable places and only use your credit card with them. Always remember if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Of course these are a few common knowledge steps everyone should know, but there are things you can do to protect your computer and your network at home. You can do this affordably without having to spend a lot of money.

Your computer most likely has a built in firewall, if you are on a Mac or PC. But just that is not enough you need to make sure that you keep it updated with all the fixes and system updates that are currently available. In addition using a secure browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer 8, or Google Chrome can help you stay secure. Add-ons for these browsers can help block malicious websites from running noisy flash ads, or java exploits, or attempts to download malware.

You should also keep your network secure and you might ask yourself, how can I secure what is just some cables and a box plugged into my computer and internet modem? For starters if you have wireless, you can keep it locked down using a WPA key. This means your wireless will now require a password. Odds are good if you have WiFi you may have an external router. Having an external router, can help keep your ports closed and your computer from being directly exposed to the internet. Ensure that you change the password on your router as well, because it can help keep people out as well.

Picking a Web Broswer

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There are 5 major internet browsers for you to select from when it comes to browsing the web. These five major internet browsing options are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari. Choosing a web browser may seem as simple as downloading one and going, but just like with search engines, each provides a completely different user experience, and so you need to put time and thought into choosing the right one for your needs.

Speed is one of the biggest factors that you should be considering when choosing the right web browser for your internet use needs. The speed offered by each one of these internet browsers can vary significantly depending on the operating system and the speed of the computer hardware. Even on the same platform and using the same hardware, some browsers are going to be faster than the other options available. This is the way it is because some of these internet browsers have different rendering engines. Additionally, some of these browsers are naturally more versatile or contain plugins that can improve their performance.

Another big factor that you are going to want to consider when choosing an internet browser is the extensibility of the browser and how easy it is to customize and find and install the plugins you need. Some browsers offer a wide variety of different plugins, including both FireFox from Mozilla and Internet Explorer from Microsoft. If you want a browser that is going to provide you with a significant level of customization through plugins, then these are generally the two options that you are going to want to compare. When you pit two different internet browsers against each other, it will help you determine which features and benefits are best going to suit you and the way that you use your browser to maneuver around the internet.