How to browse safely

Did you know that your web browser is one of the most vulnerable applications? It is one of the applications that has the most information about you, and every piece of data can be exploited to become an entry point for hackers. Browsers have information such as: sites visited, passwords, credit cards, GPS location, and can even execute malicious code on your system.

Browsers can be a source of vulnerabilities as they can be attacked directly to steal your stored information, as well as execute malicious code when you download the file and view it with the browser. Incognito mode on some browsers is not really anonymous, your web browser still stores information about your browsing session, including the websites you visit and the files you download.

When you are in incognito mode, your service provider can still see what you are accessing.

How to surf safely?

1. Make sure the URL starts with HTTPS://. The “s” stands for “secure”. This indicates that the website uses a secure connection and that your data will be encrypted. The data transferred between you and the host cannot normally be read by a third party.

2. However, even if the website uses a secure connection, be aware that your open tabs can override their rights. If you have a “malicious” tab open, it can access information on your secure website. Make sure you only have tabs with secure sites and if you have any doubts, just open a new browser page with one tab so the site will be isolated.

3. Another way to stay safe online is to avoid storing passwords in your browser. Stored passwords are easy to access and can be stolen. If a hacker can get access to your computer or phone where the passwords are stored, they will be able to access your accounts easily.

4. Use a password manager. Even if you are using an encrypted phone or untraceable phone, this ensures that you have strong passwords, which you can generate from the manager so they are all unique and strong. You don’t have to remember all the different passwords, just the one in the handler, and since that’s the only one you’ll have to remember, you can use a very hard password. An excellent open-source manager is Keepass.

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