Your browser is the point of contact to internet and *the* most vulnerable spot. In addition to which browser you use, its most important to use it with right set of apps (plugins). Plugins are apps that run within your browser and enhances your browsing experience.
Using random plugins
can expose all your browsing history and data to external world. Every plugin
has access to all your web history and data that you send. All your user names,
passwords, emails, and chats can be accessed by plugins. So make sure you monitor
your usage of plugins in your browser.
Plugins can also
ensure your safety online. Here is good list of plugins that improves your
online experience and keeps your safe.
I am using Google
Chrome as reference browser to demonstrate various plugins. Almost all of the
below plugins are also supported on other browsers (Internet explorer, FireFox
& Safari). Google Chrome claims to be most secure browser plus its fast and
comes with great user interface - try switching to chrome if you haven’t tried
it yet. Each tab in Chrome is separate process and that helps on security and
memory management - *the* feature that I like most in chrome.
HTTPS Everywhere - Encrypt all your
communication on web automatically. Your browser uses network protocol to fetch
web pages from internet. This protocol (HTTP) is unsecured by default and all
communication happening can be sniffed over network. HTTPS takes this web protocol
to next level by adding encryption. It uses secret keys to encrypt data between
your browser and web to ensure no one in middle can see or change what you are
ensures that any website that also supports secure browsing is used
automatically. You do not need to do anything extra once you install it. This
plugin will do the job of connecting you to secure channel whenever available.
Everywhere via this link - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/https-everywhere/gcbommkclmclpchllfjekcdonpmejbdp?hl=en
SiteAdvisor & WOT - Both of these plugins
are great in categorizing web page as 'Red', 'Green', 'Amber' or
'Grey'(unknown). Red indicates unsafe and you should avoid navigating to those
sites. Green is for safe sites that are tested and confirmed by security
vendors. Amber/Yellow color indicates possible issues and gives it as warning.
Grey is for new websites that are still unknown and not categorized.
show red/green/amber & grey icons next to links in browser and help you
right away before you move to dangerous website. It updates your search
results, social networking pages and emails to ensure that all web links are
tagged for ratings.
from McAfee and Intel company. McAfee
(And other security vendors) does job of visiting millions of websites for
security/safety and categorizes given site/web-page for users. Great amount of
research and work is done behind the scene to provide such kind of easy to use
functionality for users. Websites are tested frequently enough to keep the
categorization up-to-date and ensuring no users are infected due to stale
websites is constantly scanned to ensure you don’t get spam-emails, virus
downloads, automatic downloads, script execution to take your identity,
third-party links referenced from those sites and more.
Download and Install
SiteAdvisor from - http://www.siteadvisor.com/download/mac.html?q=promo
Installing WOT - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wot/bhmmomiinigofkjcapegjjndpbikblnp?hl=en
DoNotTrackMe - Plugin that disables websites
for tracking you. When you visit a website, it can write into your machine the
time and date you visited with your id. It can then track back your history and
monitor what you do on websites. Someone on web knows what exactly you do on
and can use it for their advantage. Good way to disable this is by using
'DoNoTrackMe' plugin. It disables tags(cookies) that are used by websites and
thus protects your privacy.
This plugin also
provides email blocking functionality by providing a dummy email and links to
your emails. You can stop receiving emails by blocking dummy email-address and
free yourself from spam.
Disable annoying ads shown on search result, websites or facebook. It blocks
traffic and improves your browsing experience. Its not purely a
security related plugin, however as it blocks ads you are ensured of showing
content from unwanted websites and thus tracking you
Install Adblock from - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en
Sign into Chrome to sync plugins - Google chrome provides this functionality to
sync your bookmarks, history and plugins in browser. Do sign in chrome to
ensure all your plugins are also available on other computers which you use and
don’t have to re-install them.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
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