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Tips to Browse More Securely With Mozilla Firefox

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Mozilla Firefox is a popular open source browser that is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. According to reliable estimates, it is used by more than 450 million users around the world and commands up to 22% of browser market share. The reason for the browser’s popularity is not that hard to understand; Firefox includes several built-in security and privacy features plus it even makes it easy to customize the browser as per your need. In this article, we will discuss several ways to help protect your security so that you can remain safe on the web while browsing with Firefox.

1) Private Browsing – When you browse the web, browsers (including Firefox) keep a track of the sites that you visit and cache the pages for faster loading. However, you can prevent Firefox from doing so by using the “Private Browsing” mode. The Private Browsing mode can be invoked by clicking on File->New Private Window or by pressing the Control, Shift and P (Ctrl+Shift+P) keys at the same time. When you browse in the private mode, Firefox does not keep track of sites that you visit, passwords and other form values, files that you download, cookies and web beacons plus it does not cache content for offline use. This is especially helpful if a computer is shared across multiple people or when you access the internet through an internet cafe. However, it must be kept in mind that the Private mode does not provide anonymity on the internet and your internet activities could still be monitored by your ISP, network administrator, search engines and marketing companies.

For addition privacy, you may also enable the “Do Not Track” feature available in Firefox (available within Tools->Options->Privacy). Through this feature, you can request content providers and search engines to stop tracking your browsing activities. However, it is up to the content providers to honor this request and there is no guarantee that your online activities won’t be tracked.

2) Use secure connections – A secure connection is used to encrypt the data between a browser and the content provider. Secure connections cannot be intercepted by snoopers or hackers and most banking, financial, social networking, cloud storage and emailing websites already rely on them to protect their users’ data. However, there are millions of websites on the web that still do not use secure connections. It is easy to tell whether a particular site uses a secure connection; a secure page would always starts with HTTPS instead of HTTP. If your favorite sites do not use secure connections then also you can secure your data requests and browsing activities by using Firefox Add-Ons like “HTTPS Everywhere”.

3) Use a VPN – If you want total privacy and anonymity on the internet then it is advisable to subscribe to a reliable VPN solution. That’s because Firefox itself cannot guarantee total privacy on the internet so your online sessions would always be susceptible to snooping and security threats (especially when you are accessing the internet though open networks like public Wi-Fi hotspots). A VPN not only encrypts your data but also routes it through a secure tunnel that cannot be breached even by ISPs, hackers or marketing companies. For protecting your browsing sessions from all kinds of security and snooping threats, check the VPN solutions offered by VyprVPN, PureVPN, CactusVPN, EarthVPN and ExpressVPN.

May 28, 2014

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