By Alice Williams
Web&Tech

How to Surf the Web More Safely Despite Increased Malware Attacks From Hackers

“Do you want to download that?”

That’s a loaded question because the computer hacking, ransomware, and other malware approaches to business and personal computer systems have been destroying any sense of security in the cyber-world.

Unfortunately, just submitting information or entering a new site while surfing the web can lead to a treacherous result.

How does any sanity and sense of security prevail in that type of atmosphere?

Finding Plug-Ins That Remove Some of the Worry

“Some” is the operative word here. Hacking people’s websites, and leading computer users to sites where their data is compromised, are all too common these days. Plug-ins work with various browsers to perform services that protect and screen some of the frustrating malware that hits users when they surf the web.

In an effort to protect users from invasion of privacy and compromise of data, various plug-ins are available, providing an array of security tools.

  • When you use Adblock Plus, you can filter out the annoying pop-ups, video ads, and malware domains that are so adept at fooling users into entering their sites, where they have methods to steal your data. Which browsers can use Adblock: Android, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Maxthon, Opera, Safari, and Yandex. The cost: free!
  • Weeding out “what’s not normal” is one of the services that Webroot.com provides. It filters out dangerous sites, protects and manages your password manager, maintains sign-ins, and encrypts passwords. Webroot can be installed on PC, Mac and many other devices. Free trials of their services are available.

Providing Protection and Security

Here are some additional plug-ins that will help you stay off the radar of hackers and protect your data and computer.

How to Surf the Web More Safely Despite Increased Malware Attacks From Hackers
  • Request Policy lets you know when a site redirects you to another site that can expose you and your data to possible hackers without your permission. They also alert you to “forgery attacks,” which fakes your approval as if you’d requested the redirect. A Firefox/Mozilla compatible plug-in. The cost: free.
  • Privacy Badger detects and prevents non-consensual tracking, giving users maximum control over who can find out what they do online. If the user is on a site in which “cookies” are embedded, Privacy Badger will screen those out, but allow maps and other third-party information to be used. The cost: free.
  • HTTPS://Everywhere encrypts communications with many major websites, making browsers and your communications more secure. Https sites are more secure as a result. This helps protect your sensitive data and redirects you to safe websites. It can be installed on Firefox, Chrome and Opera. The cost: free.
  • UBlock Origin is an open-source program that has great blocking ability and uses less memory to achieve it. It also doesn’t slow down your browser speed. Out of nearly 1,800 reviews, UBlock received nearly 1,400 five-star reviews, so it’s well liked and considered easy to use. And, it’s free!

Playing Nice With Each Other

Between the hackers with their ransomware, malware, and their take-no-prisoners approach to attacks, it is imperative that you find appropriate ways to protect your data and identity.

And, the minute you forget and don’t, even knowledgeable users who try to protect their usage wind up being compromised. The stories mount up in every gathering where internet security is discussed. Nearly everyone has been personally affected at one time or another and their business or private info was compromised.

Merchants Should Pay Absolute Attention to Security

No one is immune! Some very large companies have had the misfortune of being hacked. All over the country, retailers, banks, and other businesses have found that their credit and client backgrounds were exposed.

  • Experian, one of the top three credit rating firms was hacked. Fifteen million people had their personal information exposed.
  • The U.S. government was compromised and 21.5 million government employees and their families had personal information and, in some cases, fingerprints leaked.
  • Target had 110 million customers information leaked.
  • Healthcare companies Premera Blue Cross, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Anthem, and UCLA Health System were hacked with over 100 million people affected.
  • Eighty-three million JP Morgan customers’ information got leaked after a breach.
  • And, 145 million eBay users had their credentials and log-ins compromised.

By considering how this data can be used to ruin lives, take no chances. Surf to your heart’s content on the web, but be sure use our tips and protect yourself!