Safe Use of Browsers

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The most common internet browsers enable you to manage your settings such as allowing and blocking selected websites, blocking pop ups and browsing in private. Respective browsers will tell you to do this in slightly different ways, so we recommend that you visit the security and privacy section of their websites, or the help area of the browsers themselves:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Opera
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox

Some browsers also have the ability to identify fraudulent websites by default. Always ensure that you are running the latest version of your chosen browser that your operating system will support. Also, be sure to download and install the latest updates. It is important to remember that turning on the private browsing setting or deleting your browsing history will only prevent other people using your computer from seeing which sites you have visited. Your internet service provider, search engine, law enforcement agencies and possibly (if browsing at work) your employer, will still be able to see which sites you have visited or keywords you have searched for. Always remember to log out of a secure website when you have completed your transaction, and before you close the browser. Closing the browser does not necessarily log you out. Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you go online.

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