6 Ways to Stay Secure on Desktop : Tips for the Firefox web browser

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I’d like to apologize for the lack of posts this month. This is the second post for this month (which is almost over) and that is rare. A changing work schedule has had me pretty much upside down to right side up; over night in many cases. Below are some tips for the Firefox web browser we got in an email this morning.

We hope everyone has a great and safe Halloween!

6 Ways to Stay Secure on Desktop

There are two ways to stay secure using Firefox. OK, I know we just told you there are six, but they’re split into two camps: three things that Firefox does for you, and three things you can do to protect yourself. So we did some simple security math (and checked our work) to bring you six great tools and tips!First, here’s how Firefox has your back:

Instant Website ID
Easily see which sites you can trust and which you might need to be suspicious of with a color-coded system. Green is all good, while grey is more shady. Learn to read the signs.

Anti-Phishing & Anti-Malware
Trojan horses, spyware, fraudulent sites — these are all real online concerns, but Firefox helps warn you when you’re in danger. Go to the Firefox menu, select Preferences, click on Security and make sure that the “block reported web forgeries” checkbox is checked. Or test out your own phishing detection.

Anti-Virus Integration
If your computer gets a virus, it’s not something a little lie-down and a bowl of chicken soup is going to fix (liquids and computers generally don’t mix well). That’s why your computer’s anti-virus software integrates with Firefox to scan your downloads.

And now, a look at how you can have your own back:

Plugin Check
Plugins like Flash, Quicktime and Java can make your computer vulnerable if not up to date. Check and update them regularly with our Plugin Check for happy computers and safe browsing.

Customized Security Settings
Dial the level of scrutiny you want Firefox to give sites up or down to match your tastes, from fairly lax to ultra paranoid.

Secure Passwords
Hopefully none of your online passwords are “password.” And hopefully you didn’t just answer, “why not?” And hopefully you’ve chosen as strong a password as possible. Here’s how.

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Long time volunteer in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area of Arizona.

Posted on October 29, 2011, in Safety Tips and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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