Saturday, 5 May 2012

How to Make Firefox Safe

Mozilla Firefox is regarded to be the most secure of all the major online browsers. One of the reasons Firefox  has stayed secure is its relatively short industry record. Internet Explorer was one of the first online browsers to get into the industry. It was also the first choice of online criminals. Identification criminals, spammers and online criminals have all pointed their abilities with Internet Explorer and have now converted their attention to Firefox. This has pressured Mozilla to regularly connect security gaps in their online browser. In addition, Firefox has improved it's ability to save your personal web record. If the world wide web browser is compromised, all this information becomes available to identity criminals. This article will show you how to secure your information and make Firefox secure.  Due to some steps you got to know that  how to set your firefox up in a secure n a secure state to avoid any possible damage, just by disabling some features.

Firefox safe is private data security. One of the major areas of concern for Firefox safe usage is the amount of internet history that Firefox records. All web browsers can record your Internet history, search history and passwords. However Firefox 3 has added features that allow it to remember all your password. This password manager benefits anyone with multiple complicated passwords. However, its better to not store these in your browser. If you insist on storing your passwords in Firefox, you should apply the master password feature that protects your saved passwords.

Have you ever thought that every single time you browse a web-page you are vulnerable to hacker attacks? Sure it’s full of anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware softwares that can help you preventing infection, but being protected from the start, directly when you are browsing a page, would be a great move.

In this step-by-step guide I am going to show how to set your Firefox up in a secure state to avoid any possible damage, just by disabling some features.

Here the details:

From your browser toolbar, select Tools and then Options. A new window with six tabs will open.

Set Firefox as your default browser

Under the tab “General”, click on the check-box to set Firefox as your default browser. From now on, every action associated with Internet Explorer is assigned with Mozilla Firefox   

Clear private data and cookies

Under the “Privacy” tab, you will see two boxes: “Cookies” and “Private Data”.

The first one will help you set cookie exceptions and also how long cookies will be stored in your system. This is a really personal decision, depending on which web-sites you use and how you use them.

“Private Data” is a very useful option that can help clear all the sensitive data (like browsing history, cookies, cache and saved password). You can also set up to clear you data every time you close Firefox.

Create a master password

In the “Security” tab, you will find a box called “Passwords”. This function allows you to store all your log-in passwords inside Firefox.

Creating a master password can help you encrypt all the others, increasing security remembering just one word instead of many.

Just select the box, click on “Change Master Password”, and insert an easy-to-remember but also strong password.

Set up warnings

Firefox can warn you every time something suspicious is going on. In “Security”, tick the boxes “Warn me when sites try to install add-ons” and “Tell me if the site I’m visiting is a suspected forgery”.

These options should be active by default, so just check if they are selected.

You can also set up some more warnings that can notify you whenever a particular page opens or closes. Under “Warning Messages” click “Settings”, and select all the warnings you want to be displayed.

Download Actions

The last thing you need to do is to modify actions that Firefox takes when files are downloading. Any time a file type is configured to open automatically with an associated application, this can make the browser more dangerous to use, facilitating hackers’ attacks.

Under “Content” click the “Manage…” button in the “File Types” box.

Here you will be able to see the file types and the actions the browser will perform when it encounters a particular file type.

For any file type that you see listed, click on “Change Action” and select “Save them on my computer” to save files of that type instead of opening them in another program, preventing automated exploitation of vulnerabilities that may exist in those applications.

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