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Making Internet Explorer More Secure

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Welcome to the Jungle

Are you someone who only uses the Internet to check your email? Do you think that cyber crime only affects people who use the Internet all day? Think again.

Anyone whose computer is connected to the Internet (even if only once a day to check email) is a possible target for online crime. A survey conducted by the Better Business Bureau found that in the last year, over 1 million people had crucial personal information stolen from them through the Internet. And according to the FTC, it costs the average victim more than $1,000 to cope with the damage from identity theft.

Are you leaving a welcome mat for Hackers?

Roughly 84% of people on the Internet today have Microsoft Internet Explorer installed as their primary web browser. With that many people using the same browser, Internet Explorer is usually the first place a hacker goes when trying to break into a system. According to a SecurityFocus report, since its release in 2001, IE version 6 has had some 153 holes reported. That’s 153 ways for a hacker to break into your computer!

Is your PC a target?

The most basic way of strengthening your online security is to keep Microsoft Internet Explorer totally up to date by constantly downloading the patches released by Microsoft. But even then, there are still reported problems that Microsoft hasn’t gotten to and even other problems that Microsoft refuses to address.

Some online security experts recommend:

  • Instead of clicking on hyperlinks, typing in the web address
  • Installing powerful popup blockers that prevent popups from happening on any site
  • Disabling all multimedia effects on websites

But what about popup windows from your bank or favorite online bookstore? Don’t you want to be able to see those?

And isn’t being able to click on hyperlinks one of the core technologies that the Internet was built on?

Why should you have to alter or limit your online capabilities? A better solution to the browser security problem is to look into using a browser that was built with security in mind.

What Are Your Alternatives?

There are several browsers on the market today that are excellent alternatives to Internet Explorer in terms of browser security. And with so many choices, it’s important to know what to look for in a browser comparison.

1. Advanced Pop-Up Blocking
If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a popup attack, I’m sure you can relate to the frustration of having to close all those windows. But on the other hand, legitimate companies also use popups as a way to add more content and functionality to their websites. You want a secure browser that will keep the good ones and get rid of everything else.

The latest trend in popups is "Windows Messenger Ads". These hard to spot ads look like a typical informational message you may get from a program. However since hackers have discovered them, they’re now being used to advertise products. A good popup blocker should block both Windows Messenger popups as well as regular popups.

2. New Flash and ActiveX Controls
Websites today are a virtual buffet of colors, images, sounds and animations. Flash and ActiveX are two technologies that allow not only multimedia effects on websites, but also interactive functions like ones that might be used by your bank or online news website.

These technologies sound great but unfortunately, both Flash and ActiveX have documented security holes. And hackers can climb through these holes and break into your PC!

Should you just get rid of Flash and Active X?
The good news is there is no reason why you should have to give up the benefits of added functionality, color and animation. You just have to restrict these privileges to websites you trust (like your bank and favorite news sites). Unlike Internet Explorer, a secure browser will let you choose which websites can have Flash and ActiveX privileges and which websites will be restricted.

3. Unique Cookie Management
You remembered my name? How thoughtful. Or is it? Lots of websites use a type of file called a cookie to store information on your computer. This means that certain websites will “remember” your name or items that you have recently bought from them. This certainly makes the Internet a lot more convenient!

Unfortunately, hackers can also use cookies to gather information about you. And if you aren’t careful, they can even use cookies to get your address, credit card number or other sensitive information.

With a secure web browser you get to enjoy the convenience of cookies but minimize the risk, by picking and choosing which websites have cookie privileges and which websites don’t.

Where Can You Turn?

Even with updates, Internet Explorer does not offer the type of web browser security that will keep you safe of the Internet. In fact, there is only one web browser on the market today that offers everything listed in this article. Secure IE is a secure web browser that was developed with total Internet security in mind.

A Unique Solution:

Secure IE’s unique Internet Security Manager offers you not only security but flexibility as well. Within the Internet Security Manager, you classify websites by security zones. And then the Internet Security Manager will take care of everything else for you. It will automatically tune your PC security levels and update itself, so you don’t have to worry about anything. You get the strong security you need without having to sacrifice all the features on your favorite websites that make the Internet so much fun.

Online security threats are real and anyone could become a target. If you value your identity and your credit report then the time has come for you to be concerned about the security of your PC. With Secure IE on your side, you can rest assured that you are protected.

Here’s a brief overview of how it works:Secure IE

  • Stops Spyware (which is often used in identity theft) at the point of entry with our exclusive Browser Shield
  • Seals up Security Gaps with our automatic security tune-up
  • Automatically Blocks Malicious ActiveX, which hackers and identity thieves will use to gain entrance to your PC.
  • Blocks Pop-ups, including Windows Messenger pop-ups. Popups are not only an annoyance but also pose a security threat.
  • One click Access to Security Zones
  • Intercepts Malicious File Downloads and scans for viruses (requires virus-scanning software)
  • Stay one step ahead of hackers with built in Auto-Updates

There are lots of web browsers on the market today. But there is only one that allows you strong security and flexible web browsing at the same time. Let Secure IE Browser Security handle your web browser issues, and you can cruise the Internet with confidence.

For more information on Secure IE, see Secure IE Browser Security.

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