Browser privacy settings

Browser privacy settings

Browser privacy settings

Optimize web browser settings

Optimizing your web browser settings is a vital step in using a secure, private Internet connection.

Most popular browsers today have built-in security features.

However, some users will not be able to optimize their security settings when installing and launching their browser.

Possible problems if the settings are not followed

Improperly configured browser security features can expose you to malware and hackers.

You know full well that it is impossible to guarantee complete protection against cyber threats.

But following these tips in the next article will greatly increase the security of your web browser.

In all the browsers we review in this article, by changing some settings, privacy can be greatly improved.

 Google Chrome browser

 These settings are available from the “Advanced Settings” menu or from chrome: // settings.

Make sure the Phishing and Malware Protection feature is enabled in the Privacy section.

This feature warns you when you visit sites that contain phishing scams or malware.

Turn off Quick Search

Disable quick search feature.

While this feature facilitates search capabilities, enabling it means sending everything you enter in your browser’s address bar to Google.

Do not sync

Disconnect your email account from your browser via the Personal Stuff tab.

Synchronizing an account with the Chrome browser means storing personal information such as passwords, auto-completing information, settings, etc. on Google servers.

Configure content settings

In the Privacy section, go to the Content settings section and follow the instructions below:

Cookies:

Select “Keep local data only until I quit my browser” and “Block third-party cookies and site data”.

These options ensure that all cookies are removed when you close the Chrome browser, so advertisers will no longer be able to track you through third-party cookies.

Java Script:

Select the “Do not allow any site to run JavaScript” option.

Disable JavaScript in your browser at any time to protect yourself from vulnerabilities.

Disable pop-ups:

Select the “Do not allow any site to show pop-ups” option.

 Disable positioner:

Select the “Do not allow any site to track my physical location” option.

Configure password settings:

Disable auto-complete information.

Also in the Passwords and forms section, disable the “Offer to save passwords I enter on the web” option.

Doing so will prevent your input, passwords, and other sensitive information from being stored in your browser.

 Firefox browser

 These settings are available from the “Options” menu.

Configure privacy settings:

In the Privacy tab, follow the instructions below.

By doing so, you can ensure that Firefox will only store the information needed for its normal operation.

  •  Select the “Use custom settings for history” option.
  •  Disable the “Remember my browsing and download history” option.
  •  Disable the “Remember search and form history” option.
  •  Disable the “Accept third-party cookies” option.
  •  Change the cookie storage to “Keep until I close Firefox”.
  •  Select “Clear history when Firefox closes”.

Browser privacy settings

Configure security settings:

In the Security section, apply the following settings.

These settings prevent Firefox from storing your passwords and will not allow you to view infected web pages.

Make sure the “Warn me when sites try to install add-ons”, “Block reported attack sites” and “Block reported web forgeries” options are selected.

Disable the “Remember passwords for sites” option.

Disable JavaScript:

Disable the “Enable JavaScript” option on the Content tab.

JavaScript contains security vulnerabilities, and users are advised to enable it only for trusted sites.

Enable pop-up blocker:

Make sure the “Block pop-up windows” option is selected in the Content tab.

Do not sync:

Avoid syncing in Firefox and avoid storing your sensitive information in the Firefox browser.

Enable automatic updates:

Check that the “Automatically install updates” option is selected in the Update tab in the Advanced section.

This option gives you the assurance that your browser will receive vital updates.

Also enable the “Automatically update Search Engines” option.

Use secure contracts:

Make sure the “Use SSL 3.0” and “Use TLS 1.0” options are selected in the Encryption tab in the Advanced section.

 IE 10 Browser:

 

 The following settings are available from the Internet Options menu.

Configure security settings:

On the Security tab, follow the instructions below:

  •  Designate security zones:

Internet Explorer offers the option to configure different security settings for different regions.

You can set up these security zones for intranets, trusted sites, and restricted websites with the security level you want.

Set the security level of Internet areas to Medium High or higher.

This leads to blocking certain types of cookies, enabling ActiveX filtering, and implementing other default settings to increase security.

Go to the Custom Level section and disable the “Active Scripting” settings.

Enable automatic deletion of your browser history:

Select the “Delete browsing history on exit” option on the General tab.

Clearing history when closing the browser helps you to limit the amount of information that Internet Explorer saves while browsing the web.

Browser privacy settings

Configure privacy settings:

  • On the Privacy tab, apply the following settings:
  • – Privacy setting: Change the internet privacy level to Medium High or higher. This will prevent some cookies from tracking your activity.
  • Location Settings: Disable the “Never allow websites to request your physical location” option.
  • Activate the pop-up blocker.
  • Configuring Advanced Security Settings: On the Advanced tab, go to Security and make the following settings:

– Make sure all settings are in their default state.

For more security, you can click on the Restore advanced settings button.

Select the “Do not save encrypted pages to disk” option.

This clears browser cache stored from HTTPS pages when closing the browser.

– Enable the “Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed” option.

Disable auto-complete information.

Tracking protection:

This feature of Internet Explorer protects you from being tracked by third party websites.

This feature is available from the Safety menu.

 Introducing a browser as the most secure browser is very difficult.

But for now, the Veracode website recommends Google Chrome as the most secure browser.

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