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    How do you improve security on Internet browsers?

    Internet browser is usually the first line of defense in Internet security.
    Now I use three browsers: IE, Opera, and Waterfox (Waterfox mostly; due to a certain website, another user has to switch to Opera for the moment.)

    I'm rather unused to Opera and IE; even with Waterfox, I have hardly explored beyond the surface; only recently (due to the potential process of discarding a teenage PC), I explored the options of Firefox/Waterfox.

    Ghostery is supposedly a pretty powerful security add-on, and many people have mentioned No-Script.....

    OK, loads of stuffs can't even start under Waterfox, so it may sound more secure than Firefox this way.

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    I suppose then you are using PC and not Mac?

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    Ghostery. No-Script. Web Of Trust. Adblock.
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    at a 2010 talk MCed by Stephen Colbert.

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    keep your "real" info off your computer as much as you can..

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    What sort of security are you talking about?
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    Simple. Do not use IE. Ever. Not even when your mom says this really interesting site only works in IE, and her neighbor wizkid boy says so too.
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    Moose-Ki-Do, only the recommendations for specific software are all out of date by now. The dis-recommendations still stand, though.
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    The funny thing is: A website only works in Opera but not in IE.

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    I tend to migrate to Linux/Unix based systems---normally one has more control of one's own computer when you learn to use Linux/Unix. Viruses are more prevalent in M.S.

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    I used Linux on my old laptop, but due to various reasons, I stick to Windows 7 for the moment.
    MS makes that Microsoft Security Essentials, but computer dealers don't like hearing this program; they prefer to sell you an annual Anti-virus license for a year.
    I don't know how well does Linux works with touchscreens YET.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inclusa View Post
    I don't know how well does Linux works with touchscreens YET.
    Seeing that Android is Linux based, I'd say that some Linuxen does quite well with touch screens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inclusa View Post
    I used Linux on my old laptop, but due to various reasons, I stick to Windows 7 for the moment.
    MS makes that Microsoft Security Essentials, but computer dealers don't like hearing this program; they prefer to sell you an annual Anti-virus license for a year.
    I don't know how well does Linux works with touchscreens YET.
    In my not so humble opinion, if you are familiar with Linux, you are far less likely to say "It looks legit" before clicking the thing that will mess up your computer.
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    As far as I can tell, IE has no way to disable Flash, scripting, or ads. This is sort of like saying you can rent a house, but can't lock the doors.
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    That's why most people claim Firefox/Waterfox are  way more secure than IE.
    Now I follow the advice and install No Script, WOT , Adblock and Ghostery.

    translation: That's why most people claim Firefox/Waterfox are way more secure than IE.
    Now I follow the advice and install No Script, WOT , Adblock and Ghostery.
    Last edited by slang; 2012-Oct-15 at 10:31 PM. Reason: unreadable font

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    Moxy Marlinspike's "Convergence" is a pretty interesting (and free) security addon for Firefox.

    http://convergence.io/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergence_(SSL)

    In one sentence, it is supposed to solve most of the deep insecurities in the Certificate Authority system, and thereby prevent Man-In-The-Middle attacks.

    Also, turn off Java except for when you absolutely need it. See e.g.:
    http://blogs.computerworld.com/malwa...ion-users-risk

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