Browser Security Settings

Surfing the web is made possible by Web browsers.  Browsers are software programs that allow you to search for and view various kinds of information on the Web, such as websites, video, audio, etc.

Web privacy is something that should be a priority for anyone spending time on the Internet. Most browsers keep track of every single Website you visit. Web history should be cleared out every now and again, not only for privacy’s sake but also to keep your computer system running at top speed.

Why is this important? More people than ever are going online and with that there are more security concerns.

Your personal privacy on the Web might be less secure than you think. When browsing habits are tracked via cookies and search engines routinely change their privacy policies, there will always be challenges to Web privacy.

Cookies are not viruses. They are small (often encrypted) text files, located in browsers directories. Cookies store information about a user’s browsing preferences and history to save you time if you ever return to the website. They can however, be used for malicious purposes and can act as a form of spyware. Many anti-spyware products routinely flag cookies as candidates for deletion after standard virus and/or spyware scans.

Attacks against vulnerable web browsers are increasingly common, it is important to protect your computer against them by ensuring your browser settings are configured with security in mind.

There are several browsers available with different options. Browsers use these options to help protect a user’s privacy and computer. Many browsers have their settings under the same or similar tabs.

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