Secure Web Browsing

Whether at home, work, or school, we all want to browse the web safely. Poorly configured browsers, outdated plugins, and malicious scripts served up by compromised web sites all work against the user, providing opportunities for hackers to plant malware on the user's machine or gather secret information such as banking credentials during the browsing session. The resources below will help you configure and check your browser settings and plugins for a safer online experience.

  • SSL Labs SSL Check shows you how securely your browser can encrypt your data
  • Qualys BrowserCheck is a free tool to help users check their browsers for plugins which might be old or insecure, exposing the user to risk.
  • Mozilla PluginCheck is another free alternative, and though it is sponsored by Mozilla, who brings us Firefox, it works in most any browser.
  • The US-CERT has a page on Securing Your Browser which helps users understand concepts like "trusted sites" and how they impact security.
  • For Firefox users who really want to lock down their browsing experience, NoScript allows users to visit web sites with scripting disabled by default.