How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2019

Despite the existence of millions of popular apps and services today, the humble little web browser keeps on trucking. However, online security and privacy has gotten a lot trickier over the years, and both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox arguably need a few tweaks to their settings to help you stay safe on the web. Let's get you up to speed on password management, Google account management, two-factor authentication, spyware, virtual private networks, and more.

Google Chrome settings

1. Disable Chrome's... Read More &raquo

Topics: Browsers , Security Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , security , Windows software , browsers

Block topics on Facebook, Twitter, and the Web

Apps have one great advantage over face-to-face conversations: You can block the topics and people that annoy you on Facebook, Twitter, and news sites. That could be a friendship-saving feature in this election year, when your Bernie buddies are battling your Trump uncle. But you can banish any subject at all -- never want to see another story about the Kardashians or a friend's posts about their kid's potty training? These apps and Chrome extensions will make those... Read More &raquo

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , iOS , Chrome , browser , browsers , mobile browser , Google Chrome

Private browsing on iPhone and Mac

Web browsing can expose you to ad trackers, spam, and snoops. But it's easy to block those privacy invaders -- just put your native Safari app in Private Mode. When you browse in Private Mode from your Mac or iOS device, Safari won't remember your visited pages, search history, or AutoFill information.

Private browsing on Mac

Start Safari on your Mac (running OS X Yosemite or later). Click to open the File menu on the top left and scroll... Read More &raquo

Topics: Privacy Software , Security Software , Mac Software , Security , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , browser , browsers , Safari , mobile browser

6 browsers to change the way you surf the Web

Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari are the most popular gateways to the Internet, but if you find these mainstream browsers lacking, we have six feature-rich alternatives worth checking out.

Chrome alternative

Opera (Windows, Mac)

Opera is best known for innovating browser features that become essential, such as tabs and Speed Dial (a visual grid displaying bookmarks and favorite sites). Since Opera adopted WebKit and began taking code from the Chromium Project, it has become a great Google Chrome alternative. Opera... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Firefox , Chrome , Internet Explorer , Windows software , browsers , Safari

New Firefox 22 enables browser-based file-sharing

Today's stable release of Mozilla Firefox 22 (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android) includes a variety of back-end technical updates and relatively minor tweaks (to be honest, the word-wrapping of plain-text files is the most relevant to me).

The most notable news is Firefox's new default support for WebRTC (the RTC stands for real-time communication), a set of API components that allows developers to create browser-to-browser applications without plug-ins. WebRTC was... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software

Tags: Windows software , browsers , Mozilla Firefox , p2p

Firefox 21 adds a new Health Report

The stable channel of Firefox 21 (Windows, Mac, Android, Linux) released today, adding a few notable new features such as an expanded social API and further Do Not Track options for customizing privacy settings, along with a new Firefox Health Report feature.

The Health Report is an additional "About protocol" link for Firefox that is available by typing "about:healthreport" into the Firefox address bar or as a drop-down selection... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software

Tags: Firefox , Windows software , browsers , Mozilla Firefox , updates

The best four Firefox tab add-ons

Mozilla Firefox (download for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or the Portable App) didn't invent tabbed browsing, but they sure as heck perfected it, or at least the extended network of extensions developers did. If Firefox doesn't include a tabbed-browsing feature you want, there's a good chance you can find one among its numerous add-ons.

Personally, I'm a tab glutton. I might be using a Windows XP box from 2004,... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Windows software , browsers , add-ons , Mozilla Firefox , tabs

Does your browser feed the cookie monster--or starve it?

Google's latest public display of cookie addiction revealed that while the ad side of Google enthusiastically embraces third-party cookies, the browser division is more hesitant. Here's how the five major browsers--Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera--protect you from those third-party tracking cookies.

But first: what's a tracking cookie? And why are they so important as a component of your online privacy?

A tracking cookie can be used to follow people around the Web as they jump from site to site.... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Chrome , Opera , Internet Explorer , Windows software , browsers , Safari , Privacy

Keylogging threat could lead to more attacks, say researchers

A new threat is looming for browsers and it's not related to JavaScript.

Security researcher Mario Heiderich reported to the maker of Firefox last year that he had found an unusual vulnerability in the browser and two other Mozilla products that run on the Gecko engine, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey. Based in the relatively new technology that allows for animated complex vector graphics in the browser, called SVG animation, the vulnerability allowed for a malware writer to detect key strokes even... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , browsers , JavaScript