How to Secure Your Browser and Search the Internet Safely

By Nancy C. Muir, Linda Criddle

Browsers help you move around the Internet, and search engines make it easy to find information on the Internet. A secure browser, combined with an antivirus/antispyware program, helps you identify safe and unsafe websites.

  • If you get a notification from your antivirus/malware program that a site you are trying to visit is unsafe, believe it. Don’t go there.

  • If a site asks you to change your browser settings in order to “improve your experience,” ignore the request and use a different website.

  • Allow downloads and execution of programs only when you absolutely trust and understand what the program will do.