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How to Protect Yourself Online: Use Browser Privacy Extensions

With all the cyberattacks happening these days that have been targeting individuals and large corporations alike, it is not a surprise that people are starting to worry about their privacy and security online. While there are many security measures that can be taken online, many fear that these are not enough. 

If you happen to be one of those people who do not think that two-factor authentications and antivirus software are enough, here is something you can consider: browser privacy extensions. 

Basic Browser Protection

Before we get to talking abouot browser privacy extensions, let us first dicuss the basic things you can do to keep yourself protected and secure on the internet. 

According to an article by CNET, one of the most basic things you can do to help ensure your online privacy and security is to always update your web browser. It also goes without saying that it is good practice to likewise regularly update your devices as well as the apps you use. 

It is also recommended that you regularly update your browser’s security settings so that you can dictate what kind of information is being shared by your browser. 

If you would like to take it a step further, there are also security-browsers available that you can try should you not be satisfied with the protection your current browser gives.

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Browser Privacy Extensions

Here are some examples of browser privacy extensions you can try to add an extra layer of protection for yourself when online: 

HTTPS Everywhere

According to an article by TechCrunch, HTTPS everywhere is an online privacy extension that “automatically loads websites over HTTPS where it’s offered and allows you to block the minority of websites that don’t support HTTPS.”

One of the plus points of this extension is that it is available for most browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge. Safari, however is not part of the list.

Privacy Badger

If you are one of those people who wants to be left alone by advertisers and third-party trackers when online, then Privacy Badger is the browser extension you may want to check out. 

What it basically does is that it stops advertisers and trackers from tracking your movement online. Should the extension detect any tracker, the advertiser is barred from showing any ads on your browser. 

Similar to HTTPS Everywhere, Privacy Badger is available for most browsers, except for Safari.

uBlock Origin 

uBlock Origin is an open-source browser extension that pretty much functions like an ad blocker. However, CNET points out in its article that it can also block domains and trackers that are suspected to come from malware-ridden sources. 

Unfortunately, uBlock Origin is available for a select number of browsers only. This includes Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, and Safari. 

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