How to Fortify your Browser (Chrome/Firefox)

The point of this add-on is to get 3rd party advertisements out of your web browser which will help minimize the parties involved. Next is get NoScript (firefox) or ScriptSafe (chrome). This will allow you to selectively block various client side script features on websites thus making it safer to browse. Now get Self Destructing Cookies (firefox) or Cookie AutoDelete (chrome). These addons will destroy cookies when you close a connection (close a tab) with a website which will prevent them from tracking you. Keep in mind however that they can still track you if you keep the tab open. Another great addon to try for both chrome and firefox is Disconnect. This addon will allow you to block various tracking requests.

The next thing you’ll want to do is utilize incognito mode (for chrome) OR open a new private window (for firefox) Both of these will put you in a browsing mode that won’t keep browsing history, cookies, or any site-specific information like login credentials.

You’ll also want a private paid VPN such as NordVPN. Remember that free VPNs are slow and insecure at best. At worst, they’re selling your information to 3rd parties. Remember: If they’re not selling you something, they’re selling you. 

Finally, for the majority of users I recommend an AntiVirus for obvious reasons. And also I recommend a password manager such as Dashlane . Remembering every single password in this day and age is nearly impossible, so there is a great temptation to get your browser to do it for you. Don’t do this. There is malware specifically coded to steal credentials from the most popular browsers like Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Iceweasel, etc.

That just about wraps it up for basic browser security. There are a few custom modifications you can make to the browser themselves but that goes beyond the scope of this article. If this article recieves enough likes or I get enough requests, I’ll make a tutorial on modifying the most popular browsers for privacy.

Note: Please remember that there is a difference between security, privacy and anonymity. Achieving anonymity online goes beyond the scope of this article. 

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