Medical Library, INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK
It is important to review the security of a browser as it is one of the most used tools on a computer. Often the default settings of a newly loaded browser are not configured with safety as a top priority; therefore there are many factors to consider when evaluating the security of a browser.
Some features that make a browser more vulnerable:
- Plug Ins
- Pop Up Windows
Threats to a browser:
- Malicious web sites
- Take over of a computer
Tips to make a browser more secure:
- Keep the browser up to date with new releases
- Use and keep up to date antivirus, antispyware and other security software
- Employ safe practices when using the web
- Only activate features of the browser that are absolutely necessary
Some of more popular browsers are Microsoft's Internet Explorer (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/Internet-explorer/default.aspx), Mozilla's Firefox (www.mozilla.com/firefox/), and Apple's Safari (www.apple.com/safari/). Each browser has procedures to modify security settings, so visit the browser’s web site for complete instructions.
Page last updated: 6/2/2009
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