How make your browser safe and secure?

Browsers are the most exposed and information rich software. If a malicious hacker manages to break in, he can find out anything about you - like address, credit card data, emails, passwords, browsing history, bookmarks etc. But, which is the most secure Web browser? Google Chrome? Mozilla Firefox? Microsoft’s Internet Explorer?

As per NSS Labs research, there is no single browser uniformly protected users against the majority of security threats and privacy risks. So, the next best thing is to make your favorite browser is as secure as possible. Here are few things that enhance the security of your browser -
  1. Keep your browser updated - It is very important to keep your browsers and plug-ins always up to date with latest security patches. Update solved the latest discovered security holes.
  2. Security and privacy settings - Review your browser’s privacy and security settings to make sure you’re comfortable with what’s checked or unchecked. For specific browser security and privacy settings are different, so must be conscious about that. 
  3. Avoid unsafe behavior - Use caution when opening email attachments or when using peer-to-peerfile sharing, instant messaging, or chat rooms. Don't enable file sharing on network interfaces exposed directly to the Internet
  4. Don't save password - The biggest problem with having your browser save your passwords involves prying eyes. Not only can other users who have access to your computer log in to your accounts and see your actual passwords, but so can a thief if your computer, smartphone, or tablet gets lost or stolen. 
  5. Frequently Delete Cookies - Clear your browser cookies and caches which store your browser history and search history. Browser cookies can be use to track user movement on Internet. And also use to search ads by online ad agencies.
  6. Block Popup - Don't allow your browser to show popup windows. Some popup windows may content malware.
  7. Use Anti-Virus - Potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) can slip past when you install any sort of software. These little buggers can switch browsers on you without warning and you might never even notice. Keeping a reputable antivirus program installed is one of the best ways to keep PUP’s from hijacking your browser and ruining your day.
  8. Cautious about plug-ins - Plug-ins and extensions can sometimes put you at risk. The majority of plug-ins and extensions are safe, however, some can still your personal data.
  9. Security plug-ins - Sometime, plug-ins can boost your browser’s security. Some plug-ins like adblocker, https everywhere, web of trust can encrypt and protect your data from third party.
  10. Sign up for alerts - Consider setting up Google alerts for your browser to stay current on any emerging security issues. You can opt to receive instant, daily or weekly alerts whenever news articles or other content relevant to that topic hits the Web.
Hope this might help you to keep your browser safe. Please let us know, which steps have you taken to secure your browser in the comment section.