The number of internet visitors and the number of online threats are growing almost at the same pace. Hackers and online criminals keep on innovating themselves with smarter and modern tricks of infecting PCs connected via the internet.
The increasing prominence and popularity of social networking websites have further worked in making PCs vulnerable to such threats. Millions of viruses, malware, spyware, Trojans and other online threats either exploit the software vulnerabilities or induce users to take a wrong step to allow infections.
In such circumstances, hackers or cybercriminals first of all target your PC browser in order to gain a smooth entry into your system. The browser plays an important role in connecting the user to the desired websites including social networking sites.
Moreover, it helps users in web surfing and because of this, browser is the most used application on the system. If you want your system to be protected from such threats, it is very important that you first protect your browser. By protecting your browser you also improve its performance.
For all such problems, one reliable solution is browser configuration. By configuring your browser in the appropriate manner you would surely be able to avert majority of the online threats.
Browser configuration has multiple benefits because apart from security it also improves the performance and style of the browser. Users today use various browsers such as Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari etc. IE from Microsoft is the in-built browser with every version of Microsoft Windows operating system (OS).
Once you get connected via the internet, you are exposed to millions of online threats that exploit software vulnerabilities for tracking your online activities and in this way steal or destruct your files. Hackers look for vulnerabilities in the installed software and applications including browser and once they find any, they make an easy entry to the system.
It is very important to first understand the features of a browser prior to ensuring its security.
Web Browser Features
You often notice ActiveX if you are using Internet Explorer. It is found on the Windows operating system. ActiveX is a technology which allows you to use either any part or the whole browser.
Java is another feature of the browser which is an object oriented programming language. It is used in active content development. Java codes, used for a website, are executed on a Java Virtual Machine.
Plug-in is one of the most important features of any browser. They are executed within the browser. There may be certain programming flaws or design flaws with the plug-ins that might be exploited by the hackers. Adobe Flash is an example of an application which is available as plug-in.
Cookie is another important feature of any browser, which is programmed to track the browsing sessions and online activities of a particular user. Cookies are present both at the client side and that of the server.
With the help of appropriate browser configuration you can protect browsers to a great extent. Once configured, you can secure your personal information and privacy. Apart from the configuration you also need to update your browser at regular intervals for better security.
How to configure Internet Explorer browser?
As discussed above, IE comes as the in-built browser with all versions of the Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is equipped with ActiveX technology and also complies with the java scripting and other active contents.
Following are the steps to disable unwanted features of Internet Explorer:
- First of all launch Internet Explorer
- Select ‘;Tools’; and click on ‘;Internet Options’;
- Take your cursor on the ‘;Security’; tab and click on it
- After you click on Security, several security zones used by Internet Explorer would be listed before you. To get more information about security zones click on ‘;Setting up security zone’
- Now click on ‘;Custom level’ and select ‘;Internet zone’;
- Once you set this zone it will be applicable for all the websites you visit
- Now go to the security level and set the security level to high by dragging the slider to high.
You can use the same tips to configure other browsers as well. However, because of the changes in the design of different browsers, you may require to do a bit of research for finding out the setting options.