How to keep your data safe despite web browser security flaws

Whatever web browser you use, there are steps you can take to protect your personal data in the event of a major vulnerability. — AFP Relaxnews

Once again, Google is warning of a major security flaw in its Chrome browser and recommends that users update it as soon as possible.

Whatever web browser you use, there are a few steps you can take to protect your personal data in the event of a vulnerability or security risk.

While the first thing to do is systematically update your browser, it’s also important to configure it correctly to avoid data leaks in the event of a security breach. Currently, all web browsers allow you to block or allow cookies, the small files generated by the sites you visit and which contain personal information of varying degrees of importance.

In all cases, be sure to select the option for deleting cookies and site data when you close your browser. Some browsers also block social network trackers, cryptocurrency miners and fingerprinting tools.

Some extensions can help to get rid of all these trackers, too. But be careful not to install just any extension, no matter how attractive it may seem.

You should only install plug-ins that have been verified and are available on the official platforms of browser publishers (Google, Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla, etc).

And be careful not to browse unsecured sites. If your browser is properly configured, you'll see an alert on your screen if you visit a high-risk site or page.

You should also be careful with what you download, as you run the risk of installing malicious software on your computer without even realizing it, which can put sensitive data at risk.

Finally, using a VPN, a program to hide your IP address, prevents you from being identified or located by hackers. All these precautions, used together, should help keep your data safer, even in the event of a major security breach. – AFP Relaxnews

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