Browse Securely

Tips for safe Internet browsing

Exploiting browser vulnerabilities has become a popular way to compromise computers. There are several easy ways to secure your preferred browser, through individual browser settings and add-ons. Browsers aim for a balance of performance and security. Features added by the manufacturer to improve performance may make the browser (and the computer) less secure. In addition, the more add-ons installed, the more your browsing experience may be impacted or slowed.

Best practices

  • Install and use an adblocker such as uBlock Origin for Chrome.
  • To limit eavesdropping on your browsing sessions, install and use HTTPS Everywhere.
  • Do not use the “remember my password” function of a browser or website. Instead, use a password management tool. See cybersecurity.nmhs.net/password-security)
  • Ensure the pop-up blocker in your browser is enabled.

For advanced users

  • Advanced users may consider using NoScript (FireFox) or UMatrix (Chrome).
  • Other add-ons that provide visibility into browsing habits include: IPWHOIS, an IP address lookup tool, and Password Alert for Chrome.