SECURING YOUR WEB BROWSER:
Web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari, are installed on almost all of today’s computers. Because Web browsers are used so frequently, it is vital to configure them securely. To learn how to secure your web browser, go to the following site: http://www.us-cert.gov/publications/securing-your-web-browser.
Be aware of the new trend whereby new software vulnerabilities are exploited and directed at Web browsers through the use of compromised or malicious Web sites. This problem is made worse by a number of factors, including:
- Many users have a tendency to click on links without considering the risks of their actions.
- Web page addresses can be disguised or take you to an unexpected site.
- Many web browsers are configured to provide increased functionality at the cost of decreased security.
- New security vulnerabilities may have been discovered since the software was configured and packaged by the manufacturer.
- Computer systems and software packages may be bundled with additional software, which increases the number of vulnerabilities that may be attacked.
- Third-party software may not have a mechanism for receiving security updates.
- Many Web sites require that users enable certain features or install more software, putting the computer at additional risk.
- Many users do not know how to configure their web browsers securely.
- Many users are unwilling to enable or disable functionality as required to secure their web browser.