The browser has become the new operating system, and for sample we only have to see operating systems like Chrome OS or Firefox OS. Every time we have more and more services that works through the web, services that even do without a launch with conventional applications or programs.
The future is in the cloud and browsers are our gateway to them, in other words. This means that every time we use them more, become the dominant programs of our computers, and this brings a side effect; attackers focus on attack these browsers to take over users.
That is why it is vital to protect our computer against these threats, and with a few simple steps you can make sure protect Chrome and Firefox from security threatsfrom Decent Security, the computer security blog maintained by the famous @SwiftOnSecurity. Are you with us?
Install uBlock Origin
The option of installing an ad blocker seems controversial, but it makes sense if we think that some ads are capable of infecting users; something that has happened many times in recent months. For this, the first thing is to install the extension through the following links:
- uBlock Origin in Google Chrome
- uBlock Origin in Mozilla Firefox
Once it is installed, we go to the uBlock Origin settings and select Third Party Filters from the tabs above. The lists that interest us in this case to protect us are those of uBlock filters Badware risks and the ones in the section called Malware domains.
The rest of the lists and extensions are also optional and serve to block ads or privacy threats, select the ones you want. We are no one to tell you what to block or stop blocking, just We recommend this to make your browser more secure against attacks, but the debate on Internet advertisements is burning.
Install HTTPS Everywhere
Surely many of you already know the importance of using HTTPS connections; It makes the connection between us and the site encrypted, in addition to ensuring that the site is who it claims to be. The problem is that many web pages, although they have HTTPS compatibility, still use the HTTP versions, more exposed to attacks.
To avoid it as much as possible we can use HTTPS Everywhere, an extension of the Electronic Frontier Foundation which forces HTTPS connections whenever possible. It is available in both Chrome and Firefox, and for many it is something that should already be integrated into browsers.
In any case, this is an instructionmore typical of laptops and devices that connect to open WiFi networks (can be installed in Firefox for Android, for example). If you have a desktop computer and you know very well that the security of your network is intact, it is no longer mandatory to become recommended.
Activate browser protections
Google Chrome has a very interesting function that protects us from security threats detected by Google. Yes, we are talking about that red (or orange) warning screen that appears from time to time, and that warns us that the website can be dangerous for our computer. To make sure it is activated, we just have to go to the settings with chrome: // settings, show advanced settings, and make sure the following boxes are checked:
- Automatically send Google information about possible security incidents
- Get protection for you and your device against dangerous websites
Firefox, on the other hand, also has built-in protection against attacks from phishing (phishing) and malware in general, warning us when we visit a suspicious web page or when we download a file with a rare origin. To verify that these Firefox protections are activated, we must go to the security preferences within the menu, and make sure these boxes are checked.
- Warn me when sites try to install add-ons.
- Block reported attack sites
- Block reported web forgeris
Activate Flash only when you need it
A few years ago it was impossible to surf the Internet without Flash Player: everyone did things with it, everyone had a website that needed the plugin in question. Luckily that is old water, and the only thing Flash is doing right now is being a technological dinosaur with a strainer as protection against attacks.
For this reason it is no longer necessary to activate Flash in all web pages, we no longer need it even though some web pages continue to use the plugin. As a measure between having it always activated and uninstalling it, we can make the browser ask us when we want to use it, always giving us control over when it will run.
To do this in Google Chrome we only have to access, in the settings, the Content settings in Privacy, something that we can do by typing chrome: // settings / content in the address bar. We go down to Accessories and select Let me decide when to run plugin content.
Make sure you have the latest version
Last, but not least, it is important have the browser updated to ensure the latest security patches. To check that we have the latest version, just follow the following steps:
- In Google Chrome
- Press menu -> Help -> Google Chrome information
- In Firefox
- Click on menu ->? -> Firefox information
What has not been difficult?
As you can see, it was very simple protect our computer one step further against possible threats. We have not had to do anything strange or become experts in computer security. As the author (or author) of Decent Security himself says, anyone can be sure, we just need the tools to make sure and fix what’s broken.