Thursday, April 19, 2012

How to Make Your Opera Browser Secure

Opera is considered as the most secured web browser than other web browser types. It is also the web browser that supports almost every operating system (whether old or new or whether computer or mobile phone) viz. Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris, FreeBSD, Nintendo, and mobile phone among others. However, like other web browsers, Opera has its share of vulnerabilities and problems too. Thus, you should secure your Opera browser to prevent online threats from taking advantage of its vulnerabilities. Check this free Opera browser support guide and make your browser secured.


In case you visited a malicious website by mistake, right click on the webpage and selectBlock Content. This will block the malicious content from being downloaded or viewed on your computer. Close the webpage and open a desired one. Follow this practice for all malicious websites.

Edit the email settings to prevent virus, malware intrusion via emails. Click the Incoming tab and select Low Bandwidth mode from the listed options. Opera will now download only the first 100 lines of an email message (whether genuine or malicious) unless you request it to download the full message. So if the message appears to be from a trusted source, you can allow Opera to download the full message. Otherwise, leave it as is and/or delete it.

Configure the cookie settings to make your browser secured. Click the Settings tab and navigate to Quick Preferences> Edit site preferences> Cookies. Select any one of the given options viz. Accept cookies, Accept cookies from only from the websites I visit, Never accept cookies, Delete new cookies when exiting Opera, and Ask me before accepting cookies. I recommend you to select the last option viz. Ask me before accepting cookies. Save the changes and quit the window. Now from the next time onwards, Opera will prompt you to either allow or deny the cookies every time you visit a website.

Like Mozilla Firefox, Opera integrates a secure Password Manager feature that allows it safely store all your passwords (if you are using different passwords for each account) and login details like usernames and/or email addresses etc. This feature will give you relief from memorizing all your passwords and typing them every time you log in to a website. It is a secured and encrypted feature. So, you need not worry about the safety and security of your password and login details. They will not be compromised with Opera.

The Password Manager feature is turned on by default in Opera. When you log in to an account on a website, Password Manager prompts you whether to save the password for this website or not. You can either hit the Save or Never button as desired. If at any time you want to delete your saved passwords, click the Settings tab. Navigate to Preferences> Forms> Password Manager. Delete all the listed passwords. You can also turn off Password Manager any time you want by going into Settings> Preferences> Forms. Uncheck the box next to Enable Password Manager. Save the changes and exit the Settings window.

Opera has a built-in Fraud and Malware Protection feature, turned on by default. This feature puts malware and phishing filters in place to make sure that every web page or email goes through them for maximum protection against virus, spyware, Trojan, and malware etc. The feature shows a color-coded security badge when you visit a website. The green padlock indicates that the website is maximally secured. The yellow padlock shows that the website is secured and can be browsed through without any problem.

The grey web icon shows a normal website with encryption and verification problems. It depends on you whether to visit the website or not. The grey Local computer icon shows a folder or file on your computer. The red Fraud or Malware warning indicates that the webpage you are viewing is compromised and is a known fraudulent or malware website. You should not visit any such website.

Another key to secure your browser is to keep it updated with latest updates, patches, definitions, and tweaks etc. Opera integrates an Auto-Update feature that automatically downloads and installs latest updates from the website for maximum protection and enhanced performance. You must have noticed that when you open Opera, it sometimes prompts you to install the recommended update(s). You either need to allow Opera to install the update instantly or choose the Remind me later option to install it later.

If the Auto-Update feature is not turned on by default, click the Settings tab. Navigate to Preferences> Advanced Preferences> and then Security. Click to the select the box beside Automatically Install Updates. Hit the OK button to save the settings. Exit the Settings dialog box. You can also manually download and install updates by clicking on the Help tab and then selecting Check for Updates. Opera will start looking for the latest updates. When done, hit the Install Now button immediately install them.

Besides making the above mentioned changes to your browser, make sure that you keep your antivirus, antispyware, or firewall program updated. Run a full virus scan after every 15 days or so. Always run a custom virus scan for the downloaded files and attached USB drives. Yes, when you download a free utility like weather program, tray clock, audio/video song, free online virus removal software (a large number of them are fake) etc., scan them using your antivirus program. Besides, when you attach a USB drive or insert a CD etc., always scan to make sure that no malicious infection executes on your computer.

Additional Info:

Though cookies are not harmful in a direct way, but they store all your online activities from the login details, passwords, and the websites you visit etc. Cookies are small text files that not only store you information but are also capable of tracking which websites you visit, what did you shop for, or what you actually like browsing when you are online.

Cookies are placed by various websites to collect and track your information. A website can contain a number of cookies ranging from 1 to 13 or more. Receiving sales, promotion mailers (newsletters) from an unknown website is an indication that its cookie tracked your information when you visited it or another website on which it had placed its cookie.

The Author of this article is associated with V tech-squad Inc, V tech-squad Inc. is a cloud based technical support provider to consumers and small businesses. if you have any problem while performing the above steps and need technical assistance for online virus removal, You can reach V tech-squad online technical support at their Toll Free No +1-877-452-9201.

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