5 Ways to Protect Your Browser from Hacking
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When looking for vulnerabilities, first of all, hackers pay attention to the victim’s browser. To avoid the unpleasant consequences of cybercriminals, below we will consider the main ways to ensure security when using the Internet.
Browsers have been the main target of hacker attacks for the past 10 years. Attackers use browsers for their purposes when the user searches for information, downloads files, or browses pages. You must use supportive software to protect your data from intruders. This is because only in 2017, colossal damage was caused to several large companies and government agencies using the WannaCry malware, which was aimed at obtaining funds.
WannaCry is a classic ransomware-type virus. Once in the victim’s computer through a security breach in the Windows operating system or browser, the virus encrypts files on the computer, breaks Windows, and reboots the PC. But, instead of the usual welcome screen, the user sees a message stating that files are encrypted, and it’s very bad if you store important information without backups. With a probability approaching 100%, the information is lost forever. Paying to the specified address will not lead to anything. The work of some ransomware is reversible; the Kaspersky website contains utilities for recovering encrypted files.
Today, browser developers are doing everything to eliminate loopholes for hackers and improve user security. However, in most cases, updates that provide this effect come with a delay. Therefore, each browser user must independently take care of the protection of the device used. The following effective methods will help in this.
Update Browser on Time:
A simple yet effective way to protect yourself from hackers is to update your browser. They usually contain up-to-date fixes to address software vulnerabilities and to protect against hacker attacks. The well-known browsers Opera, Chrome, and Firefox are automatically updated when used in the Windows 10/8/7 operating system.
The Google Chrome browser reminds you of available updates with a green icon in the upper right corner. To find out for sure which version you are using and if there are any new updates, go to “Menu-> Help-> About Google Chrome”.
You will see a message that the latest version is already in use, or you need to restart your browser to finish installing the updates. If you have a lot of tabs open, you don’t always want to restart your browser. Take your time, nothing will happen in one day, finish the job and restart Chrome. Mozilla Firefox offers to install a new version at startup, which is a little annoying, but I do not advise you to give up this pleasure.
Do not use the “good old” browsers that were discontinued many years ago. This is especially true for older versions of Internet Explorer 6/8/9/10/11. The Internet Explorer browser is considered the most clumsy and Insecure, it is better to refrain from using it. They say that the latest versions from 2020 have changed a lot, and it has become more or less good.
Firewall and Antivirus:
Some browser vulnerabilities are compensated for by installing a good antivirus, the main thing is that it works in real-time. Built-in Windows Defender, ESET NOD32, Kaspersky Antivirus, BitDefender, Norton Antivirus, Avast, DrWeb, etc. are suitable for everyday work on the Internet. Antiviruses with the Web filter function block the loading of pages with malicious code. Even if virus scripts are downloaded to disk, the scanner will detect the threat on the fly and quarantine it.
To protect against attacks on the browser from the outside, a system firewall (firewall) works. Users do not need to worry about its work, everything is fine, by default. Some antiviruses with a built-in firewall replace it with themselves, and everything also works without user intervention. Your task is not to disable the firewall!
Using a VPN
The most effective way to protect yourself from intruders is to use a VPN. This extension provides high-speed access to sites while hiding the real addresses of users. Also, this software allows you to ignore regional restrictions, using data from another country, and maintain complete anonymity on the Internet. The developer rusvpn provides a free VPN extension for Chrome, which encrypts all data in one click and guarantees the anonymity of web surfing.
Many browser add-ons can improve protection against hacker attacks, block ad pop-ups, prevent WebRTC leaks, and protect against malware installation. However, VPN allows you to create a fully encrypted connection that masks the user’s real IP address with a virtual one, which ensures the safety of confidential data. It is especially recommended to use VPN on public Internet networks. Encrypted VPN traffic cannot be decrypted, which guarantees the security of information exchange.
I hope you have Learned Something from here.