Is Your Browser SECURE?

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In today’s day of 24/7 hacking, there is one area many people don’t think about.  Is your browser SECURE?


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The problem is with the default setting of browsers.  Most of them are guilty of these defaults — hey, it’s all about automation these days.   Not ALL automation is good.  These browsers are defaulted to leaving users wide open for potential hacking of their personal and business data.

The culprit?  Auto-complete or Autofill for forms.

This is the beginning of a user’s downfall.  Auto-completing online forms.  We want forms across millions of websites to remember our lives.  Know who else is reading that info?  Hackers.  But, users can stop making it easy for them to steal their information.

The browser’s Auto-Complete or Autofill feature is NOT a friend.  Sure, it makes filling out forms super simple by remembering what was typed into previous form fields (like addresses, user id’s, and passwords)– but this is how hackers can easily steal your information!  A hacker who has successfully hacked the site a user is on will hide form fields that are normally auto-filled — such as credit card info that will automatically populate on that form and then get sent to the hacker.  Even if those fields aren’t actually in a particular form, the user’s data populates those hidden fields.

Goodbye awesome credit score, Hello credit nightmare!

So, for financial, health, and mind sanity — let’s turn off Auto-Complete and/or Autofill on browsers.  It’s super easy!  Go to the browser settings, look for Auto-Complete or Autofill and UNCHECK it!

  • In Chrome:
    1. In the browser bar, type the following:
    2. Scroll down and click Advanced Settings.
    3. Scroll down to Passwords and Forms.
    4. Click on Autofill Settings
    5. IF this is not set to off – turn it off.
    6. You can also review the entries already saved and delete them if necessary.
  • In Firefox:
    1. Click the menu button and choose Options.
    2. Select the Privacy panel.
    3. In the drop-down menu next to Firefox will:, choose Use custom settings for history.
    4. Remove the check mark next to Remember search and form history.
    5. Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you’ve made will automatically be saved.
  • In Safari:
    1. Open Safari browser.
    2. Click on Safari in the program menu and select Preferences in the drop-down list.
    3. Click on Autofill tab on that Preferences window.
    4. Click on the each of the check boxes next to the Autofill options to deselect them, turning off the Autocomplete for each option.
    5. Restart your browser.

If you aren’t sure or if your browser isn’t listed above – let me know in the comments about your browser and I will try to help you there.  No charge! You may have to type a bit more, but you can have the peace of mind that hackers won’t be able to steal your personal data using this well-known exploit.

Now that you’ve turned your auto-complete off – you may have to type a bit more, but at least you’ve made it a little harder for someone to steal your data!  Of course —- you better have some anti-virus, anti-malware software installed on your computer, tablet, and phone.  That goes without saying….

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Happy blogging!!  Talk to you soon!

LisaB 🙂

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