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How to Avoid Dangerous Websites and Downloads
|Open Internet Explorer 8|
|Click on Tools in the Menu bar at the top of IE8, or click on Safety on the command bar|
|Click on SmartScreen Filter|
|Click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter|
|Click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter (recommended)|
|OK your way out|
I have never gotten this to work. I don’t know why.
Maybe I’m not visiting bad enough sites. The Microsoft site provides
more information about SmartScreen Filtering. See
this page and
this one. Internet Explorer 9 was officially released this week, and
includes security features. More on that when I’ve had a chance to try
Firefox handles site filtering a little differently. It uses (as does Chrome) a Google-provided list stored in your browser profile. That list is updated every 30 minutes when your browser has the setting turned on.
|Click on Tools | Options | Security|
|Place a check in Warn me when sites try to install add-ons, and Block reported attack sites and Block reported web forgeries|
Learn more about
Firefox’s safety features here . You can
You can add more protection
Some antivirus programs include a browser toolbar. Those toolbars can enhance or replace the browser’s filtering features, but they can also really slow you down.
I have been using a similar tool called Web of Trust, or WOT. This thing really works. You simply install an add-on for your browser, and when you search with Google or Yahoo! WOT displays status icons beside the search results. When you type in a URL or click on a website link that is not safe, WOT warns you. If you try to download a known unsafe file, WOT warns you.
Web of Trust works great on Firefox, Internet
Explorer, Safari, Opera, and Chrome. To download
visit this page. I have noticed absolutely no decrease in
performance, and I regularly receive warnings when researching malware
and other suspicious sites. I highly recommend WOT.
But wait. There’s more!
The browser tweaks I’ve described here are meant to enhance security. They don’t provide adequate protection on their own. You should have a good antivirus + antispyware program, and it should be running all the time. You should supplement that with an on-demand scan from another antimalware product, like Malwarebytes or SuperAntiSpyware. You should have a firewall turned on. Once you’ve done that, you can use Web of Trust or your built-in settings, along with your common sense, to enjoy a safer browsing experience.
SmartScreen Filter FAQ http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/SmartScreen-Filter-frequently-asked-questions
What is SmartScreen Filter? http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/smartscreen.aspx
Firefox Safety http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/features/
Download Firefox http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Web of Trust http://www.mywot.com/en/download
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