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A lot of people are in the dark about securing their web browsers and just assume Windows or Apple have taken care of any issues.
The problem is, there's always people updating hacks and exploits and that means you have to do some things to pro-actively protect your web experience.

I'm going to list 3 things you should all be doing. If you follow these steps your web experience will be a lot safer.

Number 1 - PICK THE RIGHT BROWSER
Don't use Internet Explorer if you can help it. That will solve a LOT of problems as 90% of web nasties focus on Explorer and all it's security flaws.
Windows users should be running the latest FireFox web browser and remove Explorer from your desktop or menu so you don't use it again!
http://www.firefox.com

Mac users can stick with Safari or use firefox but will still need to add the following add-ons along with Windows users.

Number 2 - BROWSER ADD-ONS
There's a couple add-ons you can apply to Firefox or Safari which will add a lot of extra protection by blocking web ads and any nasty cookies or spybots that your browser could pick up. If your using Firefox or Safari then add these:

AdBlocker - this will block most banner ads and clean up a lot of web pages that are covered in advertising. Those banner ads can infect your computer even if you don't click on them. Adblocker will get rid of them and make the web pages load quicker and safer.
For Firefox: Adblock Plus :: Add-ons for Firefox
For Safari: AdBlock For Safari

Ghostery - this will block tracking cookies for advertisers on websites. You can select to allow ghostery to ignore certain sites if you trust them. You may be surprised how many trackers have been following you after you add this as it will display the number of trackers on each site you visit:
http://www.ghostery.com/

Number 3 - WINDOWS USERS NEED EXTRA SECURITY
If your using Windows you'll need to add some more security to your PC. One of the best free methods is using SpyBot Search & Destroy. This will find any nasty stuff that you don't want on your PC and remove it and then block it from ever coming back. Install and run SpyBot S&D and you will be amazed at how many things your PC has picked up along the way - even if you have Norton or mcafee installed. Mac users won't need this and should be protected if they've kept up to date with software updates.
http://www.safer-net...otsd/index.html

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Good advice. I've had AdBlocker for ages but never heard of ghostery, might check it out.

Also, while mac users are generally safer, I'm sure it's only a matter of time now before they get a significant amount of targeting. I got Sophos' anti virus for mac after following their general updates - it's free and seems to be pretty on the ball. It does seem to slightly slow the computer down though, but having said that I don't know for sure that's what's causing it - it could just be my computer getting older and more jammed with stuff.

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

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Also, while mac users are generally safer, I'm sure it's only a matter of time now before they get a significant amount of targeting. I got Sophos' anti virus for mac after following their general updates - it's free and seems to be pretty on the ball. It does seem to slightly slow the computer down though, but having said that I don't know for sure that's what's causing it - it could just be my computer getting older and more jammed with stuff.



http://www.sophos.co...me-edition.aspx


Has it ever picked anything up? I've tried a few various mac virus scanners and they always come up with nothing.
Apple is usually pretty good with software updates when there's something they know about but your right, it's only a matter of time as the market share increases.

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Initially no, and I was getting loads of spam into the mac Mail application, but after redoing the settings on my mailboxes it has picked up on any dodgy attachments straight away (although they were fairly obvious anyway). The main thing I like is that you can do manual scans of any item, so if you're picking something up off the internet that's in a zip/rar/etc. you can give it a once over before you open it up and it will (hopefully!) pick anything dodgy up. It is quite hard to work out efficiency though, seeing as I have no real 'control' to compare it against - it may be that I just never pick up any viruses and the thing does nothing.

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Yeah i love Ghostery mainly for blocking Facebook and Google snooping of which i think both are datamines for the intelligence sector. Most people think because they've ticked certain privacy settings on Facebook that it means they have obtained privacy but in reality, the front end of Facebook that everyone uses is just a window dressing to a mammoth database that would have analytic software harvesting everything that goes into their database regardless of what user settings are selected. It would mimic a Pentagon war room more than anything people see on their accounts.

I've tried to build JBT.com with as little snooping from google, Facebook etc as possible but in the small areas where they still have their tentacles reaching our servers i recommend everyone installs Ghostery so it's blocked.

I give Facebook about 2 years until there's a massive revolt and migration into another service, won't be long until the open-source community mimics Facebook and reclaims the backend mysteries of what that place does with all your info. It won't take long until people work out that Big Brother and Facebook are becoming one and the same. Google is just as bad, if they ever team up with Facebook then it'll be back to pen and paper for me, might have to train some pigeons too!

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Cool... thanks for the tip on ghostery.

LOL This page contains one such item blocked.... that stupid Google +1

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