MatureUschi

Secure Browsers

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I have been using Mozilla Firefox, combined with the free version of AVG pretty much forever, and seem to have no security problems to speak of. Is there an even safer browser out there, without going to the dark places of the internet for it? This report prompted me to post: http://www.newser.com/story/186056/homeland-security-avoid-internet-explorer.html?utm_source=part&utm_medium=inbox&utm_campaign=newser

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Presumably you have disabled this? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/google-chrome-security_n_3719233.html

Mind you, I'm more worried about external hacks, being a single person.

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i switched to firefox after picking something up via IE a few years back... (on my work PC as well, LOL, nobody would believe that i wasnt looking at porn) firefox seems to block certain sites that IE doesnt...

 

don't know anything about chrome...

 

not sure about the story you've linked... had a quick look on a yahoo and didnt see anything.. ? i would have thought it would make bigger news if it was that serious...

 

heartbleed is the latest thing which i dont know much about but i think it affects SSL (HTTPS secure transactions etc)... but all the general public can do about it is update passwords etc as far as i know...

 

i have malware bytes (free) which often removes stuff after downloading from anywhere slightly dodgy... its good to run it alongside AVG...

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IceWeasel.  It's a Firefox fork that boasts substantial privacy enhancements.  

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SRWare Iron

Google Chrome without the Google privacy issues.

DG

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Thanks for your efforts! Problem solved. I like the look of SRWare Iron. I'm about to buy a second laptop, and I want to retain my trouble free firefox for my old one, but run the new one with a different browser.

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i have firefox and have set it to not remember anything and to delete cookies when i exit firefox. 

i run ccleaner, avg free and eusing free registry cleaner regularly

i have malwarebytes and run that occasionally.

i also make a restore point quite often

 

If i get an infection I install malwarebytes onto a data stick using an uninfected computer.  I then start the infected computer in safe mode, and run malwarebytes from the data stick.

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I followed CP's advice last this came up re the data stick.

 

i changed to Chrome a good while ago after reading malware nasties were turning their attention to Firefox, I think because it had become popular enough to be worth fiddling with. Memory may be wrong though.

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i have firefox and have set it to not remember anything and to delete cookies when i exit firefox. 

i run ccleaner, avg free and eusing free registry cleaner regularly

i have malwarebytes and run that occasionally.

i also make a restore point quite often

 

If i get an infection I install malwarebytes onto a data stick using an uninfected computer.  I then start the infected computer in safe mode, and run malwarebytes from the data stick.

 

Your set up and philosophy seem almost identical to mine and I assume your are running Win7 

 

On the subject of restore points I notice that there are only ever 2 / 3 maximum available plus 2 more ancient ones if

I check the box that says 'show more restore points'  these latter two are from when I bought the computer and first installed the OS so are pretty useless. How many restore points are shown on your machine ?

 

The reason I ask is that in XP there were generally dozens of restore points set out like a calendar covering a 3 month~ish  period in the past. Also I read on the CCleaner forum that folks were complaining about restore points being deleted but not sure if this was the case.

 

I'm assuming that Win7 only really needs a restore point for the last sucessful start so it minimises disk usage by deleting previous ones ?

 

At the moment I've set up a scheduled task to create a restore point on system start but even then I only ever seem to have todays and yesterdays to choose from. Increasing Disk Space Usage in System Protection doesn't seem to increase the available # of points. 

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I didn't think it was my place to ask why someone might want to mask their browsing activities.  We all have different reasons.

 

Tails is definitely the way to go, I've been using it for a very long time.  Investigate i2P as well.  Not as well populated, but Tor activity is routinely monitored, often by your ISP.  Disable Javascript too and be careful about opening PDFs or other downloadable files because they can reveal your real IP addy.

 

I use Tails because it is a live bootable system that I can use in any wifi hotspot.  You can keep it on a USB or any other portable media.  You'll need a DVD if you're using a Mac.  But the one thing I must caution everyone about is the crucial importance of masking one's MAC address.  You can get USB devices or use the command line if you're confident in Terminal.  People often think that spoofing an IP address is all that is needed, but if you use a regular wifi location then your MAC address is like a digital fingerprint of the device (tablet/laptop) that you use.  If law enforcement seize your hardware, assuming you're guilty of anything, then you're fucked.

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Good heavens, people still use IE?  They're probably the kind of people who still use Google.  

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Good heavens, people still use IE?  They're probably the kind of people who still use Google.  

 

...instead of? (genuine question from techy-thicko - indeed, so out of it that I can't even guess if your comment is ironic or not)

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