Which browser is the most secure?

When a massive spam attack posted violent and pornographic images across the news feeds of many Facebook users, many wondered how hackers had launched the attack. Turns out, it was by exploiting a vulnerability in users’ web browsers.

The event shed light on an often-overlooked issue of online security, your web browser. There are many browsers available, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. But the real question is: which browser offers the most protection from malware, adware, viruses, and hackers?

Many browsers are fighting for market share, and therefore paying more attention to their security, but popularity and security are not always equal.

A recent Accuvant study revealed that Chrome (the second most popular browser) ranks as the most secure web browser when compared to Internet Explorer (the most popular) and Firefox. Interestingly, this month the German government named Chrome the most secure browser, perhaps lending weight to the study. However, critics have pointed out that the study was commissioned by Google (creator of Chrome), and the findings may therefore be skewed.

Still, according to the study, Chrome ranks the highest in creating and putting into use new safety measures to boost its security, with Internet Explorer only slightly behind Chrome. Firefox was deemed the least secure in the study.

Despite these recent findings, the browser wars remain a hot-button issue, with various entities dubbing some browsers more secure than others. During the 2011 hacker conference, Pwn2Own, hackers attacked four popular browsers: Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. The hackers were able to quickly compromise Internet Explorer and Safari. In fact, these hackers were able to hack the browsers so thoroughly that they managed to write files on the hard drive of the computer they were attacking. Interestingly (and contrary to the Accuvant study findings), Chrome and Firefox both resisted hacking attacks during the exercise.

Regardless of the browser, manufacturers are always working to ensure users can enjoy surfing the web safely and securely—and that’s the good news. The bad news, as the Pwn2Own conference revealed, is that cybercriminals worldwide are also working hard to figure out new ways to hack your browser.

This means that it’s important for users to educate themselves about this threat and take the steps necessary to lessen their chances of falling victim to a browser security breach. What should you do? Keep the following tips in mind.

  • If you plan to download a new or different browser, make sure you are downloading a legitimate version. Go directly to the manufacturer’s site, and ignore ads or popups (which may be tricks to get you to install a corrupt version).
  • Set your online preferences to allow for software updates. Some browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Safari, will automatically update with your operating system. But others, including Firefox, automatically update themselves to deploy security patches and provide enhanced security features.
  • Set your browser’s security settings to the highest possible to prevent others from exploiting your browser.
  • Disable popups in your browsers or install security software that prevents popup windows. Deploying infected popups is a popular way that hackers trick users into downloading malware.

No matter which browser you use, always follow safe practices and be alert to any unusual or suspicious functioning when you log onto the web.

What is Google Chrome?

Good, I am glad that you asked me this question. Because I started using Google Chrome from the day one it was announced.

So, What Is Google Chrome?

Google Chrome is a web browser created by Google. In other words, Microsoft made Internet Explorer which you use to access internet, and Google made a similar (better, if you ask me) software, yes, to help you access internet.

So, it is the thing that you use to access internet, websites and search.

Some More Answers

Lets take a look at what the Wikipedia and other traditional sources say,What Is Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, and the public stable release was on December 11, 2008. As of May 2012, Google Chrome has approximately 33% worldwide usage share of web browsers, making it the most widely used web browser, according to Statcounter.

Now, here is how Google introduces their Web Browser

The web browser is arguably the most important piece of software on your computer. You spend much of your time online inside a browser: when you search, chat, email, shop, bank, read the news, and watch videos online, you often do all this using a browser.

Main Features

If  you start using Google Chrome today, the first thing that you will notice is the speed. It is super fast when comparing to many other browsers available. Other hilights include

  1. Speed – Yes, it works really fast as I told you already.
  2. Simplicity – You will notice the simple user interface, it looks simple and works simple.
  3. Security – It is considered to be one of the most secure browsers out there.
  4. Signing In – You can sign in Google Chrome and have it save all your bookmarks etc, and have them sync across multiple computers, phones and tablets

Did I answer your question, What Is Google Chrome?.

Where Do I Get It?

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Top Ten of the Coolest Google Chrome Tips

Google’s Chrome browser is rapidly becoming the standard that other browsers are measured against in terms of speed and usability. There’s a ton to be written about how to get the most out of Google’s deceptively-simple browser but for now here is a special post Google Chrome Tips. If you are using Google Chrome, this is going to be incredibly useful for you.

1. Using The Addressbar as a Calculator

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I was really surprised when I figured out that this was possible! I am sure a lot of you guys will be too. To use Google Chrome as your calculator, you just need to type in the mathematical query on the addressbar or the omnibox.

2. Add Easy Wikipedia Search To Google Chrome

Doing a lot of Wikipedia searches on Google Chrome? Here is a cool tip. Get one of these two extensions and make those searches faster.

  1. Wikipedia Search Icon :
  2. Wikipedia Search from right click (context)menu :

I gave those two options so that you can pick the one suiting your style of browsing. The first extension adds an icon to the toolbar (the Wikipedia logo). You can click on the icon to open up the search box.

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The second extension gives you the option to search from the context menu. Whenever you find a piece of text that you want to look up in Wikipedia, select the word/words and right click, then choose Search Wikipedia.

3. Paste and Search

Paste and Go is one of the first Chrome tips I learned and I have been using them for a long time now. It saves a lot of time. Here is the trick. When you copy text from a another application to perform a Google search, you do not need to paste and then do another click to search. Just right click the omnibox and say Paste and Search

If you are copying text from another webpage in Chrome to perform the search, you can simple select the text, right click and say, Search Google.

4. Paste and Go

Almost similar to the last tip, Paste and Search. Here, you paste a URL and say Paste and Go to save time.

5. Re-size Text Area

When you are on any text field form, look at the bottom right corner of the field and you will see a small icon (3 lines). Click and drag the icon to re-size the text field.

6. Press ALT and click a link.

Downloads the target of the link. Makes it easy to download stuff while researching online.

7. Drag Files to Attach and Upload

While you are on a website and trying attach a file from your computer, instead of selecting the file, browsing through your computer, just drag the file from your computer and drop it to the upload box on the website.

8. Drag Links To Omnibar To Open Them

There are many ways to open a link in a new tab. Right click and select open in new tab, hold CTRL and click the link or click the link with the middle button or scroll button of the mouse. Now, here is one more tip, in case this works faster for you. Drag the link to the omnibar (the area above the addressbox) ideally after the new tab button,  and the link will open in a new tab.

9. Open PDF files in Chrome

It takes a lot of time for the PDF viewer on a PC to open and then display your PDF file. If you open it using Chrome, it will save a lot of time for you. Very good if you want to do a quick reference of a PDF file. You can drag the PDF and drop in to a tab to open it, or press CTRL + O and locate the file for Chrome, the traditional way. But you will use the drag and drop, won’t you?

10. Google Dictionary Extension

Really useful for quick dictionary check. Simple double click a word to get the meaning. I use it all the time and I am sure it will be a great addition for students. Get it here.

Tips so You Won’t Be Tracked

 

Firefox Tip – Tell Sites You Don’t Want to Be Tracked

 

When you browse, you leave a trail of data that potentially contains all sorts of personal information. Proof? When you visits say a site of cars, when you go to another site for examples Facebook… you will notice that all the advertisements around your page is about cars or whatever product you had searched for.

How can I free from these tracking?

Click FireFox and go to Options > Privacy (Preferences > Privacy on a Mac) and hit ‘Tell websites I do not want to be tracked.’”

Now you are free from stalkers in net!

Top Useful Tips On Using Windows XP

1. Don’t just maximize your windows—go full screen

When you need a really big window for viewing photos and videos, don’t just maximize it: go full screen! This tip works great for viewing photos and videos at maximum size in Windows Explorer or Windows Media Player, utilizing screen space usually occupied by the header at the top of the screen and the taskbar at the bottom. Here’s how:

Open any photo in Windows Explorer, or open a photo or video clip in Windows Media Player. Do one of the following:

  • In Windows 7 and Windows XP, click the F11 key at the top of your keyboard.

2. Remove text from icons

You can improve the general look of your PC’s desktop by removing the names of shortcuts, leaving the icons to speak for themselves. If you try renaming a desktop shortcut to a single space, Windows XP won’t let you.

However, you can force it to accept a space as the name by holding down [Alt] and typing 255 on the number pad. If you want multiple shortcuts to have blank names, you’ll need to give each one a different number of spaces to avoid them having identical names.

3. Create a mute shortcut

You can make a custom shortcut that mutes and unmutes your PC’s sound by downloading a small utility called Nircmd, which you can get from www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html.

Download and extract the file contents to ‘My Documents’. Next, right-click the desktop and choose ‘New | Shortcut’. Enter the following for the shortcut location:

“C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\nircmd\nircmd.exe” mutesysvolume 2.

Ensure that the path points to the location where you extracted the ‘Nircmd.exe’ file. Name the shortcut ‘mute_ unmute’. Double-click it to mute your speakers and do so again to turn them back on.

4. Cut the Start menu delay

There’s a slight delay built into the Start menu to give you thinking time. If you know your way around, you can shorten it with a Registry edit.

Open the Registry Editor by choosing ‘Start | Run’ and entering Regedit in the ‘Open’ bar, then clicking ‘OK’.

Now go to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop’. Double-click the ‘MenuShowDelay’ value and change it from the default 400 to a lower number of your choice.

How to stop hackers hack your Facebook Account?

Facebook is, undoubtedly, the most popular social networking website with more than 500 million active users. Due to its popularity, many hackers (or should I say crackers?) are actively involved in hacking Facebook accounts of unsuspecting users. This article outlines the many strategies that such hackers use to gain access to Facebook accounts of hundreds of users each day and how you can stop them from hacking your account.

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Facebook is one of the prime target of hackers!

Email Address Hack

I have always been puzzled by Facebook’s leniency in this matter. All a hacker needs to do is know your email address and he will be displayed  a confirmation showing your name even if he enters the wrong password. How easily a hacker can then hack your Facebook account if he ‘guesses’ your password (if you use a weak password) or answers your security question! This is something I hope Facebook improves on quickly. Until Facebook does so, here are some tricks you can use to protect yourself from this vulnerability.

How to safeguard your Email Address?

Just follow these steps:-

  1. Hide your Email Address from everyone by going to Edit Profile>Contact Information>Clicking on the icon beside your email address> checking ‘Only Me’.
  2. Change your primary email address to a one that is only known to you by going to Account Settings>Email> and changing your primary email to the new one (known only to you) and removing your previous email address.
  3. For additional security, when in Account Settings, check ‘Secure browsing’ and ‘Send me an email when a new computer or mobile device logs into this account’ and click Save.


Phishing

Phishing is one of the easiest ways to trick users into giving out their login credentials. All a hacker does is setup a webpage similar in design to that of the Facebook homepage, attach a server sided script to track the username and password entered and store it in a log. Sending people emails stating that someone tagged a photo of them on Facebook in the same format as Facebook and giving a link below to the phishing website further reduces the chances of it being detected as a fake. Sometimes, spam Facebook apps, like those promising to tell who viewed your Facebook profile, automatically post links to phishing websites. A new trend amongst phishers is creating Facebook look-a-like widgets for stealing user’s login credentials.

How to prevent yourself from being phished?
At all costs, avoid clicking on suspicious links. Moreover, always check the URL in the address bar before signing in. Avoid logging in through various “Facebook widgets” offered by websites and blogs. Instead, use Facebook’s homepage to sign in. Always try to use Safe Search while searching. If you do manage to get phished, report the website so that others may get a warning before visiting it.

Keylogging through Keyloggers

Keylogger is a type of computer virus that tracks key strokes. Keyloggers can be installed remotely on a computer system by a cracker to record all the activity that is going on the victim’s computer. Keylogging gets more easy if the hacker has physical access to the victim’s computer.

How to stop keyloggers?
Install a good antivirus and update it frequently. Do not click on suspicious links and avoid downloading illegal software. Also, avoid installing free toolbars and other such spam software. Always scan third-person’s flash and pen drives before using them on your computer.

Detailed Guide:- PC Security tips to make computer secure

Social Engineering

Social engineering involves using any trick to fool the user into making himself vulnerable to exploits. This could involve anything from sending spoof emails, pretending to be from Facebook, telling you to change your password to 12345678 to a hacker maliciously getting out the answer to your Security Question in a friendly chat or discussion.

How to prevent yourself from being socially engineered?
Stay aware during chats and discussions. Use a tough security question, preferably one whose answer you would never disclose to anyone. Moreover, Facebook, or any other company for that matter, will never ask you to change your password to 12345678 or do something as silly as asking you to send out your login details to prove that you are an active user. Always think before taking actions and your e-life on Facebook will be safe from hackers looking to hack Facebook accounts.

Tips to Make Your Computer More Secure

Here are some tips which will enable you to make your PC more secure.

Anti-virus

1. Never, ever turn off the resident protection of your antivirus even if it decreases performance. Upgrade if necessary.

2. Keep your virus definitions up-to-date. Use the automatic update feature of your anti-virus and try not to ignore the “Do you want to update now” message however often it might pop up.

3. Even if you update regularly and you have not seen any suspicious activity on your PC, do a deep scan at least once a month.

4. Always create an emergency boot disk and keep it in a safe place.

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5. Run a deep scan in safe mode at least once every two months to kill viruses that would otherwise remain hidden.

Firewalls

1. If you are unsure about the alert displayed by your firewall, try searching it on the internet.

2. A firewall is a powerful tool that requires an understanding of how the program works and exactly what it is doing and whether it is secure or not. Reading the help files is extremely important in successful configuration of your firewall.

Computer Security

3. If you are running a third party firewall,be sure to turn off the Windows Firewall.

4. You can temporarily disable a firewall by right clicking the icon in the tray. This is handy when you know a site is one you can trust but your firewall is blocking it. But remember to re-enable it as soon as possible.

5. Read firewall notices carefully when they pop up so that you don’t let a bad thing in or prevent good traffic.

Anti-Spyware

1. You should regularly check for updates. Enable the automatic update feature.

2. Remember to do a scan every now and then, or schedule scans if your program allows it. If you don’t want to sit that long for scans to complete, use a single folder for all your downloads, then scan only that folder, Windows installation folder and the Registry. Alternately, you can do a quick scan if your program allows it.

Anti-Spam

1. Be patient with anti-spam software, it will get better over time.

2. Even if it looks that your anti-spam software is working great, periodically check the ‘Spam’ folder for good mail. None of the anti-spam software is perfect right now.

3. Don’t give your anti-spam software too much rules, because it will not learn anything then. It is better if it learns on its own.

How to Speed up your windows 7

The Microsoft Windows 7 operating system has been designed for delivering better speeds than its predecessors. Pero pag tumagal na sa paggamit ng lptap at PC ay unti-unti nang bumabagal. This is not exactly the fault of the OS. As the matter of fact, it is a common problem faced by many operating systems.

 

The major reasons for this are accumulation of junk in the system or a highly stuffed hard drive or running of too many unnecessary services and programs. Here we shared a few essential tips that can help speed up Windows 7 performance on laptops or computers. Hope it helps!

 

Visual And Sound Related

1. Using Minimal Visual Effects

Disabling certain (or all) visual effects can definitely enhance performance. To disable visual effects, do the following:

  1. Press Windows key and while holding it down, press Pause/Break key.
  2. In the window that appears, click on Advanced system settings in the left side pane.
  3. In the Advanced tab, under Performance Section, click on Settings
  4. In the Performance Options window (refer figure) that appears, under Visual Effects tab, disable the options that you do not need. Or simply selecting ‘Adjust for best performance‘ will disable all options.
  5. After disabling the option, click Apply and then OK.

Doing the above might make the screen less attractive. But, the performance will surely get a boost.

performance options

2. Using Minimal Sound Effects

For disabling sound effects, do the following:

  1. Click Start. In the search box type mmsys.cpl and press Enter
  2. In the Sound window (refer figure) that appears click on Sounds tab
  3. Set the Sounds scheme to ‘No Sounds
  4. You could set only the essential sounds if needed in the Program Events, by selecting the specific event and then choosing the sound from the Sounds drop-down menu below.
  5. You can as well disable the “Play Windows Startup sound” option.
  6. After the settings are done, click Apply and OK.

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Software And Services Related

1. Run A Trusted Anti-Virus Program

Ensure that you have a good anti-virus software loaded on your laptop/computer. This will ensure that no malware or spyware gets planted in your system. Without such protection software, there are chances of third party malware and virus being installed or stored on your system, causing harmful effects and also eating up precious space.

2. Install Only Essential Software

Ensure that you install only that software which you need. If you install any trial software and find out that you don’t really need it, uninstall and delete it immediately. Else, they might hog precious disk space, RAM and processor cycles. If you’ve installed a software, which you are unable to get rid of, and which is hampering the normal functioning of your laptop, then you might have to format your hard drive. Be aware that formatting your hard drive might wipe out all your data. Therefore it is best you take a back-up before going ahead with formatting.

3. Disable Or Make Unneeded Services Manual

Some processes and services, which might not really be necessary, are by default made to start automatically once the system starts up. They will consume RAM as well as the processor’s attention, slowing down other important tasks. It is best to disable them. For this, do the following:

  1. Click Start. In the search box type services.msc and press Enter
  2. Go to Services & Applications > Services. You’ll see the Services window (refer figure).
  3. Right-click on a service that you wish to set to manual or disable. If the service is already started, Stop it first.
  4. Once the service is stopped, again right-click on it and select Properties.
  5. In the Startup type, you can either set the service to Manual, if you would be using it later, orDisable it, if not needed.
  6. Once done, you can close the window.

services

4. Disabling Unwanted Start-Up Programs To Speed Up System Start-Up

Some programs are set to start during system start-up. These might slow down the start-up process. Programs that are not really needed during start-up can be disabled. For this, do the following:

  1. Click Start. In the search box type msconfig and press Enter.
  2. In the System Configuration window (refer figure), go to Startup.
  3. Uncheck the box next to those processes that are not important for start-up. This will disable them.
  4. Once you’ve disabled the processes, click Apply and OK.

system configuration

Hard Drive Related

1. Clean Up The Hard Drive

Remove unwanted files, like temp files, downloaded program files, recycle bin, etc. You could useDisk Cleanup option to do this, as follows:

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
  2. The system will first calculate how much space can be freed up this way. In the Disk Cleanupwindow (refer figure) that appears, select the files in that need to be deleted under the Files to delete list.
  3. For deleting ‘System Restore‘ and ‘Shadow copy‘ files, click “Clean up system files” and then on “More Options” tab
  4. Finally click OK. You’ll be prompted again before the deletion. Click Yes.

disc cleanup

2. Enable Write Caching On Device

This is an option which allows the OS to flush changed data to the hard disk when the system is idle, so that performance is not affected when in use. For enabling this, do the following:

  1. Press Windows key and while holding it down, press Pause/Break key.
  2. In the window that appears, click on Device Manager in the left hand pane.
  3. In the next window that appears, expand Disk drives.
  4. The drop-down list will show the hard drive. Right-click on it and select Properties.
  5. Click the Policies tab in the Device Properties window (refer figure).
  6. Check the box next to “Enable write caching on the device
  7. You can as well check the box next to “Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device” and then click OK.

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Note: However, there is one disadvantage in enabling these options – if there is a power outage or a system crash, data might be lost or corrupted. If you have a secondary power supply, like a UPS, you could go ahead with checking these options.

3. Perform Disk Defragmentation

When there is no sufficient space to store in a hard drive, the OS splits the file into parts and stores it in different areas on the hard drive. Defragmenting allows all these parts to be stored in contiguous memory locations. For defragmenting disk do the following:

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
  2. In the window (refer figure) that appears, click on the drive that you want to defragment and then click Analyze disk.
  3. This will estimate the time required for the process. When done click on Defragment disk.
  4. Once done you can either View Report or click Close.

disk defrag

These pretty much sum up the small things that you can do, to make a big difference to your Windows 7′s performance. If you have some personal tips you’ve done yourself to improve the performances, we’d like to hear from you.

How to Remove Annoying Ads from Yahoo Messenger 10

 

Advertising Options

Remove Main Messenger Advert

Replace Change Room Banner

Remove Chat Room Advert

Replace Webcam Adverts

Replace Video Call Advert – ( Yahoo Messenger 10 Only )

Remove IM Statusbar Advert – ( Yahoo Messenger 10 Only )

 

Other Options Enable / Disable Multiple Instances of Yahoo Messenger 10, 9, or 8

Disable “Automatically start Yahoo Messenger” – ( When Windows Starts )

Enable / Disable Smiley Search – ( Yahoo Messenger 10 Only )

 

Yahoo UI Options – ( Yahoo Messenger 10 Only )

 

Remove Insider Button

Remove Email Button

Remove Mobile Button

Remove Voice Button

Remove Contact Card

Remove Plugins Toolbar

Remove Contacts Tab

Remove YUpdates Tab

Remove System Notifications

 

Download Yahoo messenger Ad Banner Remover Plus

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