Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Checking settings for Mozilla Firefox, part of Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety.
- Just like we did with Internet Explorer, let's go over some recommended settings for Mozilla Firefox. Like last time, the number one security item is to make sure you always have the latest version of the browser. I'm running Firefox 31. If you're not sure or can't remember how to update it through the browser, the easiest way is to always go to mozilla.org and simply click Download Firefox and install it all over again. For Firefox, to make sure it's being updated automatically, click the three lines in the top right-hand side, select Options, click on the Advanced tab, and make sure the Automatically install updates radio button is selected.
Like Internet Explorer, if you want the option to delete your browsing history when you close out of the browser, change to the Privacy tab, in the History section, click the drop down next to Firefox will and change it to Use custom settings for history. There's a button here, Clear history when Firefox closes. You can place a check box next to that and all you're tracking cookies and the history of websites that you've visited will be deleted every time you close out of the browser. Let's head over to the Content tab this time.
Make sure you have a check box next to Block pop-up windows so those don't pop up on you. Those can sometimes contain malicious code and they can be annoying. Let's head over to the Security tab. Make sure you have a check box next to Warn me when sites try to install add-ons. This way you'll know and you'll have the choice whether or not to accept or deny a particular add-on to the browser that may try to be installed without you knowing about it. Also, while you're here, definitely make sure, you have a check box next to Block reported attack sites and reported web forgeries.
These will block known websites that have malicious code or aren't who they say they are. I talked about using password management software in a previous chapter. Like other browsers, Firefox comes with the ability to store passwords for your logins on each website. This is a great feature and I've mentioned that it's one that you need to be careful with on a laptop which could be lost or stolen. However, Firefox comes with a built-in feature that's also on password management software. The ability to still require one password to be entered per session, before all other stored passwords can be used.
To turn on this feature, place a check box next to Use master password and then in the dialogue box that comes up, you can type in your new password, click the Ok button, your Master Password will be sucessfully changed and then anytime you want to use a stored password for a website, you have to put that one password in. You'll need to enter it every time you open your browser and use a saved password, after that it will be saved until you close the browser. You can click Ok to get out of the dialogue box.
Up next, let's look at the security settings you can use for the Google Chrome browser.
- Installing updates
- Using antivirus software and protecting against viruses
- Enabling Windows Firewall
- Using password-management software
- Encrypting files that contain sensitive data
- Securing your router and protecting the SSID
- Understanding the signs of a secure website
- Checking settings for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari
- Unsubscribing from email subscriptions
- Reviewing site privacy settings
- Browsing on a public computer
- Understanding cookies
- Protecting other people's names and locations
- Fact-checking email warnings