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angua
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Safer surfing
« on: March 21, 2006, 03:53:16 AM »

Anyone riding the waves should watch out for sharks, or you might end up as lunch. Similar with surfing the web, which can be as much fun for us geeks as it is for the jocks to do it on the water. Our equivalent to a surfing board is the browser, and same here, best experience comes with the best equipment.

If you're using Windows, you're surfing most likely with the built-in Internet Explorer. While it is quite fast, it's not the best you can have, especially security-wise. The current version 6 is quite outdated, and severe security holes come up regularly. It's also not up to date feature-wise. So you might want to take a look at the competition, it's free.

The main competitor is Mozilla's Firefox browser, which is free and open software. The current version is about 5 MB (download at http://www.mozilla.com), so you might want to give it a try. Next to more safety, it brings useful features like tabbed browsing, popup blocking, skins and lots of third party add-ons.

Another good choice is Opera (http://www.opera.com), a browser from Norway, which is also free and offers similar features to Firefox.

Ok, you tried and don't like it, or you said naaah, i'll stick to what i'm used to? There are some things you can do to tighten up security in Internet Explorer. Have a look at the "tools" menu, "options" entry, "security" tab: There you have different zones for websites. By default, every website will be considered in the "Internet Zone", so if you're after maximum security, you can set the security tab for the Internet Zone to "high". The downside is that with this setting, ActiveX and Active Scripting are disabled, so websites relying on these technologies won't display properly.

The way to solve that is to put sites that you trust in the "Trusted Sites"-Zone (obvious, isn't it?). Then your favourite websites will show up properly, and you're still pretty safe when you're just "surfing around".
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Re: Safer surfing
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2006, 12:17:57 PM »

Great post there, Angua!
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Re: Safer surfing
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006, 02:19:06 AM »

ah, thanks  Grin If you or anyone 's got questions or comments on what I'm writing, feel free to post.
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Re: Safer surfing
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2006, 04:44:45 PM »

hi angua! great post! i'm normally browsing with mozilla but sometimes i also use internet explorer for browsing other sites. i'm not really a tech person so your post is definitely a great help. thanks!
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Re: Safer surfing
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2006, 07:37:51 AM »

Always happy to make a difference  Grin

You'll just watch out with Internet Explorer, there have been several serious security leaks the past weeks with fixes from Microsoft pending, so better just use it on sites you trust.
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Re: Safer surfing
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2006, 06:17:52 AM »

Okay folks, Microsoft has fixed most of the serious security leaks I've been talking about last post, so run your update as soon as possible and you should be fairly safe again - till the next issue is discovered  Wink
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Re: Safer surfing
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2006, 08:18:42 AM »

hey angua! thanks for the update.
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Re: Safer surfing
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2006, 03:19:38 AM »

Hey folks,

it's Microsoft Patchday again, includes some critical issues, including FlashPlayer in Internet Explorer. It will come through Windows update, so have it running.

If you're using another browser, check for the latest Version at Adobe.com.

Safer se....surfing everyone!  Wink
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Re: Safer surfing
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2006, 02:08:31 AM »

Hey folks,

various new security leaks have been reported for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, some allegedly serious. It's only a matter of time before exploits are coming up (evil websites trying to use these security leaks to take control of your computer and internet connection, install advertisement software on your computer or stuff like that).

So, if you want to keep waiting for Microsoft to patch things up, take care that your automatic updates are enabled. Otherwise, you might considering using another browser. MS Internet Explorer 7 is out, claiming to be security enhanced (and certainly new enough not to be attacked), or you might try one of the alternative browsers mentioned in the top post.

Safer surfing everyone!
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