Dark Web or not, it 's surprisingly easy to come up with malicious websites. Click on a bad one advertising or visit a website that has been compromised and you, the data you and your technology could end up badly. One way to protect yourself from internet malware is to increase it safety of the browser you are using.
Location, microphone, camera: Keep them closed
Most browsers have access to your geography location via your IP address to serve local search results. The browser can also have instant access to license the built-in camera and microphone of your device.
It's definitely convenient, but it's a huge security risk. With the right malware, hackers can use this access to their advantage. Avoid this feature by restricting access to your location, camera, and microphone.
So set your browser to ask for your permission before these features are enabled.
Go to Settings> Privacy or Privacy & Security> Location or Location Services, select Question before access.
Disable automatic downloads
As with location services and quick webcam access, the browser can download anything as soon as you click. Automatic downloads can cause serious security issues. Here's how to turn them off:
Chrome: Click Menu, then Settings> Privacy & Security> Website Settings> Permissions> Automatic Downloads and see the "Ask when a webpage…" status is enabled.
Firefox: Click the menu and then Options. Select the "General" tab and look for "Applications". Make sure the action is set to "Always ask to prevent any type of file from being saved automatically."
Safari: Open preferences. On the General tab, click the Download Location menu> Ask for each download.
Disable pop-ups and redirects to browser
Web page pop-ups are a normal part of web browsing. However, new windows that send you unwanted alerts, ads, or mysterious clicks are bad news.
Chrome: Menu> Settings> Privacy & security> Website settings> Pop-ups and redirects> Block.
Firefox: Menu> Options> Privacy and security> Permissions> Block pop-ups.
Safari: Open the Preferences and Security tab. Select the Block pop-up windows box.
Using the private or anonymous browser mode does not hide everything you do from your ISP, family, employer or school.
The private windows of a browser do not store your browsing history, cookies, webpage data or information. They can also keep away from personalized ads that follow you.
Chrome: Click on the menu and select "New incognito window". You can also press Ctrl + Shift + N on Windows or Command + Shift + N on Mac.
Firefox: Click the menu and then the "New Private Window". Or type Ctrl + Shift + P on Windows or Command + Shift + P on Mac.
Safari: Click File> New Private Window. Or type Command + Shift + N.
Use the latest version
Browser updates include fixes for security vulnerabilities, glitches, and other common problems. Like your operating system, it is important to make sure that your browser is always up to date.
Updates are usually done automatically when you close and reopen your browser. You can also check it manually to be sure. If you do not see anything by following the steps below, you are already in the latest version of your browser.
Chrome: Click on the icon with the three dots in the upper right corner. Click on "Update Google Chrome "and then restart.
Firefox: Select Menu> Help> About Firefox. Firefox will check for updates and download them automatically. When the download is complete, click the Restart button to update Firefox.
Safari: Click Apple menu> App Store. Select Updates to scan your system. If an update is available, select Update or Update All. You may need to enter your Apple ID and password.