Secure and anonymous surfing
There are all kinds of nasty things lurking on the Internet. Nevertheless, hardly any user will want to abandon surfing on the web because of that. The following advice will help to increase your security while navigating through the World Wide Web and make browsing not only safer but also more relaxed.
Update your browser regularly
In contrast to past updates, browser updates nowadays rarely bring new features, which is why many users find them uninteresting. But just because updates do not bring new functions that noticeably improve the users’ everyday life, this does not mean they would be unimportant. Virtually every update contains bug fixes that often close security gaps. Therefore, you should always install browser updates as soon as they are available.
Remove cookies periodically
When you open a web page, the respective information is saved on your computer. That’s a so-called cookie. Cookies are small text files that contain, for example, your IP address and the time at which you visited the website. A larger number of such cookies eventually creates a very detailed user profile – creepy.
However, it is not recommended to always block cookies to protect your privacy. Many websites would no longer function properly without them. It’s better to delete the little information collectors regularly from the PC.
Manually delete cookies
Before you change your browser settings so that new cookies are automatically deleted, you should manually delete all cookies already stored. How this works exactly depends on the browser you use.
In Firefox, click on the icon with the three lines in the upper right corner of your browser and select “Options” from the menu that opens. There, click on „Privacy & Security“ and go to the Cookies and Site Data section. In the window that opens, select the option „Clear Data“ and then “Clear”.
This works similarly in Google Chrome. At the top-right, click the icon displaying three dots, then “Settings”. At the bottom, click “Show advanced settings”. In the “Privacy” section, click “Content settings”. In the next step, under “Cookies”, click “All cookies and site data”. At the top-right, click “Remove all”. Finally, at the bottom-right, click “Done”.
Automatically delete cookies
In addition to the manual deletion of cookies, all common browsers offer the option of automatically deleting the cookies stored during each session.
In Google Chrome, you will also find this option in the content settings. There, click „Cookies“ and check the option “ Keep local data only until you quit your browser“.
Firefox users select the “Privacy & Security” panel and go to the “History” section. In the drop-down menu next to “Firefox will”, choose “Use custom settings for history”. To specify what types of history should be cleared, click the “Settings…” button next to “Clear history when Firefox closes”. Here, you check the option “Cookies”. Click “OK” to close the window.
Be careful with prompts for passwords
If you unexpectedly see a window on your smartphone, tablet, notebook or PC that prompts you for a password, it may be a harmless operating system security prompt. But it can also be an attempt to access your data. In this case, security experts recommend entering a wrong password first. If it is accepted as correct, the prompt is a phishing attempt. However, your data is still safe since you entered the wrong password. If it is a query of the operating system, however, an error message will appear and prompt you to enter the password again.