When we surf the net, we are constantly being watched. Google is watching. Facebook is watching. Amazon is watching. Perhaps worse than that – unknown parties are watching. They are keeping track of our browsing habits. They are looking for breaches to hijack our machine. These are real threats.
A new browser usually has quite a few security flaws. These are regularly taken advantage of. Thanks to some diligent developers, it’s easy to improve our browser security.
Whenever I install a new browser, these are the free extensions I install.
I start with Privacy Badger. This extension blocks a wide range of trackers. It supports a broad range of browsers, and is simply a must.
I then install User-Agent switcher. There are many versions of this extension. There is one for Chrome, another for Edge, and another for Firefox. The user-agent is information your browser sends to all websites you visit. It contains the browser type and version, as well as your operating system. This makes it much easier for the bad guys to attack your machine. Switching the user-agent confuses the hell out of them.
Lastly, I install uBlock Origin. It is currently the best ad blocker around. It is open-sourced, lightweight and it supports a wide range of browsers.
If you followed my earlier advice about updating your hosts file, and you install the above extensions, your browsing will be much, much safer.