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6 browser extensions to protect you from cyber attacks

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Browser extensions can help protect your data when you are online.

Angela Lang / topwatchbest

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine it has many nations on standby for a potential cyberwar. this Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency He said cyber attacks could affect both large and small businesses as well as home offices, even though he did not see specific cyber threats to the United States at the moment.

According to CISA updating the web browser, as well as your devices and applications, is a good step to protect your data and privacy. We regularly recommend improving overall privacy by trying out: a security-oriented browser such as Braveor updating the current browser security settings to increase control over the amount of data collected. You can additionally protect yourself on the Internet by using the security browser add-on. Here are six browser extensions to help you stay safe online.

HTTPS everywhere

The first three browser extensions on this list – HTTPS Everywhere, Privacy Badger, and uBlock Origin – have enjoyed some long-term recommendations from topwatchbest reviewers.

The HTTPS Everywhere extension is available through a partnership between Electronic Frontier Foundation and TOR project. Many websites already use secure connections, but some do not, exposing visitors to threats such as delivering malware onto their device. If you visit an unsecured website, HTTPS Everywhere checks to see if it offers a secure connection. If available, the add-on forces the site to use that connection.

HTTPS everywhere it is available for most browsers except Safari.

Privacy researcher

This is another extension from the EFF. Privacy Badger prevents advertisers and third party trackers from monitoring your online tracking, and if they suspect an advertiser is tracking you without your consent, it blocks that advertiser from loading the content into your browser. The extension also comes with a color-coded guide so you know what sites are and aren’t safe.

Privacy researcher it is available for most web browsers, except Safari.

uBlock Origin

On the surface, uBlock Origin seems to be another ad blocker, but also blocks trackers and third-party domains that are known to be malware sources based on a community-generated list. If you are using a VPN – and you really should – this extension does as well WebRTC blocking function, ensuring your IP address is well hidden.

uBlock Origin is available for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Malwarebytes Browser Protection

Malwarebytes Browser Protection blocks trackers and other threats to protect your data from websites that contain malware. It also protects against Technical Support Scamswhere a Microsoft “specialist” calls or sends a message saying that they have identified a virus on your computer and can remove it for a fee, and virtual credit card skimmerswhere your credit card information is stolen when you buy something online. The add-on also blocks pop-ups, which has the added benefit of faster loading of web pages.

We haven’t tested Malwarebytes Browser Guard, but it has at least 4 out of 5 stars and over 9 million users. Many found it useful, but some found that the extension broke some websites or missed some trackers. We recommend that you check Malwarebyte Browser Guard carefully before you decide to use it.

Malwarebytes Browser Guard is available for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Safari.

Avira Browser Security

Security software manufacturer Avira offers the Avira Browser Safety extension that can help protect against infected ads, unwanted applications hidden in downloads, and flag malicious sites that may show up in search results. The company also said the extension could help with prevention browser hijackingwhich means that the unwanted software alters your web browser settings without your permission, making it easier for you to place unwanted advertisements in your browser.

We haven’t tested Avira Browser Guard, but it has at least 4 out of 5 stars with over six million users. While many users found this helpful, some have encountered problems while using the extension and accessing Google Docs. We recommend that you carefully check Avira Browser Guard before deciding to use it.

Avira Browser Safety is available for free for Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

Clear URLs

Have you looked at your long url and wondered what those random letters, numbers and symbols mean? Part of that gibberish is probably a web tracking tool. Web tracking is a series of techniques – such as installing cookies in your browser and monitoring sites that use sharing buttons attached to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter – that companies use to collect data about you based on the sites you visit. Clear URLs it gets rid of the web tracker and clears the url. Then, if a site like Google tries to reinsert that tracking element back into the URL, ClearURLs stops it. You can access a report from the extension that shows how many items have been blocked. This extension makes sharing URLs with friends and family less of a hassle which is a plus.

We haven’t tested ClearURLs, and while the extension is at least 4 out of 5 stars and at least 200,000 users, some users have complained that they cannot whitelist websites and set custom rules. We recommend that you double-check your ClearURL addresses before deciding to use them.

ClearURLs is available for free for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox.

For more information on privacy and security, read on how a VPN can help protect your home office, these cybersecurity tips for small businesses and this checklist to help increase overall privacy.


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