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Time for mid-year browser security check

We have reached the midpoint of 2022 and in terms of security, I feel that we are not making much progress. I still see people reporting being scammed, ransomed and attacked on a regular basis – and for many users the browser is becoming the most important part of whatever platform you use. So now is a good time to review your browsers, and any extensions you have installed to improve security.

Note, I said browsers -plural. While enterprises may want to standardize one browser for better control, for both small businesses and individual users, I recommend installing more than one. (I often use three different browsers.)

Why is this important? Because browsers (and trackers) go after browsers. In fact, it’s good to think about your particular browser operating system, and act accordingly to protect it. While I focus primarily on Windows issues, these guidelines and recommendations apply to Mac OS, Ubuntu, Mint, and others.

Basically, all browsers should be reviewed for extra protection against malicious sites and ads. On platforms like macOS, you’ll need to focus on Chrome, Firefox, or WaterFox protections; if you are standardized on Safari, you will need to use it Adguard.

Even now, I see malicious banner ads in rotation. If you do not have endpoint protection or something similar, you can better protect yourself by deploying something similar Origin of uBlockwhich blocks unwanted ads and content.

Be aware of that uBloc and uBlock Origin are two different products, the first of which is a fork. They are maintained separately. I recommend uBlock Origin, which you can install and deploy as a standalone extension. Once installed, you can build whitelists of sites that allow you to adjust and adjust other settings as needed. If you do not have a new ublock, you can leave the defaults to yourself, or review these posts for suggested settings. You can also click the extension icon in your browser and select “Filter lists.”

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Time for mid-year browser security check

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