Monday, April 16, 2012

How to Make Your Mozilla Firefox Browser Secure

Your internet\web browser is a medium for you to connect to the internet or online world. On the other hand, it is also a medium for those online threats like Trojans, viruses, spyware, spam, fake free online virus removal software (which are threats themselves ) etc. to slip in to your computer.

Considering the risk of rising online threats, privacy infringements, and data\identity thefts etc., it should be your priority to safeguard your web browser. How you can do this is explained here in this article. This free Mozilla Firefox support guide will help you tighten the security noose around your Mozilla Firefox browser and prevent malware, phishing, spam etc. from intruding in to your computer.


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If you are using Mozilla Firefox as your web browser, check these instructions to make it secure. Open Mozilla Firefox from the desktop shortcut. Alternatively, you can open it from the Start button, All Programs. Click the Tools tab and point down to select Options. Depending on the type of your Firefox version, the first tab you will see will either be General or Main. Under this tab, look for the Always ask me where to save files option.

This option will be disabled by default. Instead the Save Files to option will be set by default to the Downloads folder or any other default directory. You will need to select the Always ask me where to save files option. It will enable you to have more control on the downloadable items that will seek for your permission before being automatically downloaded to the Downloads or any other location in your computer.

Now click the Privacy tab. look for the Remember What I enter in forms and the search bar option. This will enabled by default. You will need to disable this option. To do so, click to uncheck the box beside this option. Depending on your Firefox version, you may see Remember search and form history instead of Remember What I enter in forms and the search bar. Uncheck this option and move on to the next option which is Accept cookies from sites.

This option will be enabled. From the drop-down menu next to Keep until, you will see the default option set to they expire. This means that your browser is set to remember and keep all the cookies (small files that keep track of your online activities) until they expire. Now you can understand that this can be very dangerous, at least in case of phishing, malware websites that create and roll out malicious add-ons, virus, malware software, fake online virus removal software, malware removal software etc. Cookies of these websites track and collect your online activities and personal information for their own advantage.

Thus, set this option to enable the user permission. Click the drop-down arrow next to Keep until and select ask me every time. From the next time onwards, whenever you will open a website, Firefox will seek your permission to either allow or deny cookies to run on that webpage. If it is trusted website like Firefox or Microsoft, you can click the Allow button or simply Allow for Session button. If you choose the latter option, the cookies will save and track your activities only for the time till the webpage is opened. So, Firefox will no longer save cookies when the webpage is closed.

For malicious or suspected websites, you can simply hit the Deny button. You can even view the cookie information and decide accordingly whether to allow or deny a cookie. Now click the Security tab and verify that the Warn me when sites try to install add-ons option is checked. If it's not, check it. Under the Passwords section, click to check the box beside Use a master password option. This option not only lets Mozilla Firefox manage all your stored passwords but also encrypts your computer data. Choose this option only if you trust Mozilla Firefox.

When you choose this option, it will ask for your current password (blank if it is not already set) and new password. Confirm the password and hit the OK button. Now click the Content tab and deselect the Enable Java box. Now click the Advanced button next to Enable JavaScript. In the Advanced JavaScript Settings window, remove checkmarks from all the boxes and hit the OK button to close it. Besides, enable the Block pop-up window option.

When done, click the OK button to save the changes and close the Options window. Firefox might prompt you to restart the browser to save these changes. Hit the Restart button and Firefox will close and reopen. When done, download these plug-ins viz. HTTPs plug-in, AdBlockPlus, and Ghostery. You must download the Firefox version of all these plug-ins.

Besides, use an antivirus program that scans and protects your Firefox browser from different tracking cookies, malicious websites, malicious scripts, spam add-ons etc. A number of antivirus programs like McAfee have a site-scan feature that proactively warns you about a website's genuineness and maliciousness.

Besides these settings, you must download and install latest browser updates and patches whenever these are available. Though Firefox always prompts you to download install whenever an update is available, but you can also manually download them from the Firefox website. Choose what suits you best, but do install latest updates.

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