Monday, July 15, 2013

Firefox Ultimate Security Tips

Mozilla Firefox is one of the most stable web browsers in the industry. Firefox offers different security levels depending on how you customize your browser. For better security and protection you need to enable more features.


This article is all about achieving ultimate security and privacy through browser customization. It introduces some important security features prevailing in the browser.

Set a Master Password


Just like any other browser Firefox lets you log-in websites through saved passwords. It basically stores a list of all passwords saved by the user.


Previously anyone who had access to your system could view saved passwords or log-in to your accounts. This was a great security risk. People who had physical or remote access to your machine could easily retrieve passwords.


Firefox comes with a solution. It introduced Master Password feature to keep the saved passwords confidential. You have to specify a Master Password so that no one would able to retrieve your passwords without your permission. A person can only see saved passwords or log-in to your websites if he has the Master Password. An interesting thing is that it also encrypts stored passwords for better security. The latest technology is used in order to improve your Internet experience.


In short, in order to view a saved password, you need to enter the Master Password. Here are the steps by which you can specify a Master Password:


1.      Open Firefox and click on the Firefox button. (Left hand side of the screen)
2.      Click Options | Security tab.
3.      Check-up the “Use a master password” checkbox. Specify a new master password.

Set Strong Password for Synchronization


Mozilla Firefox offers syncing features through which you can sync passwords, bookmarks and other data. In fact Firefox offers better level of security than Google Chrome. It lets you to set-up a new device to sync. Password protect the sync feature and keep backup of the recovery information (such as Recovery Key).


After setting a strong password you don’t have to worry about anything. To make a strong password, use upper/ lower cases and special characters in it. Follow the instructions given below:


1.      Open Mozilla Firefox. Click the Firefox button on the left side.
2.      Select Options.
3.      Click the Sync Tab.
4.     Click “Set-up Firefox Sync” link.
5.     Follow the instructions on your screen.

Enable Security Options


Firefox comes with basic security and privacy settings. You might need to customize them in the following way:


1.      Open Firefox and click on the Firefox button.
2.      Click on Options.
3.      Click Security tab in the Options dialog.
4.     Check-up the following boxes:
Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
Block reported attack sites
Block reported web forgeries
5.    Click the Advanced | Update tabs, check-up the box named “Automatically install updates”.
6.    Click OK and restart the browser.

Use Add-Ons for Extra Security Protection


Go an extra mile using interesting browser add-ons. There are many add-ons available which improve browser security and user privacy. Examples are NoScript, Adblock Plus, WOT (Web of Trust), HTTPS Finder and Xpnd it. Short URL expander is an important add-on for maintaining the security level.


Update Plug-ins


It is important to update your plug-ins regularly. Hackers usually take advantage of vulnerabilities in the plug-ins. Common plug-ins such as Adobe Flash Player, Java are often targeted.


The best thing you can do is update all the plug-ins on a regular basis. Plug-in manufacturers publish new updates to improve security, fix bugs and vulnerabilities.Periodically check plug-in websites for new updates and patches. Mozilla itself offers Plug-in Checker to update the plug-ins whenever required.


Do Not Track Technology


Firefox is moving ahead with the “Do not track technology”. This technology blocks the most common forms of Internet tracking.


Ad selling groups spark hot debates and shed light on the importance of tracking. These advertising groups made intense resistance because they are delivering targeted ads by tracking web behavior of the users. The development team is working on tools to limit access of the cookies.


Bottomline


Firefox is a well stable and safe web browser. You can improve its security by enabling the right settings. Password management is also essential. Specify a strong password by inserting combination of upper/lower case letters and special characters. Additionally, keep plug-ins and browser updated.


“Do not track technology” feature limits access of ad-serving and other potential groups tracking the behavior of users. It further provides an additional layer of security.

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