Sunday, December 16, 2012
How to clean up, clear up, and secure your Mozilla Firefox internet browser and Internet Explorer browser
How to clean up your Internet Explorer browser:
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. On the menu bar, click Tools.
3. Click Internet Options.
4. On the General tab, under Browsing History, click Delete.
5. Put a checkmark on those you want to clean/clear up:
a. Preserve Favorites website data (cookies and temporary internet files that enable your favorite websites to retain preferences and display faster)
b. Temporary Internet Files (copies of webpages, images, and media that are saved for faster viewing)
c. Cookies (files stored on your computer by websites to save preferences such as login information)
d. History (list of websites you have visited)
e. Form data (saved information that you have typed into forms)
f. Passwords (saved passwords that are automatically filled in when you sign in to a website you've previously visited)
--- this is highly recommended to clear up or clean up to disable automatic logins. If your laptop or desktop computer is stolen or borrowed by someone else, then your personal information and other private important data will be stolen also because they don't have to know the passwords because they are automatically signed in...this is COMMON SENSE that is not so common. Disabling this automatic login and automatic saving of passwords is a very important procedure to secure your browser, computer, and to keep your personal information safe thereby avoiding identity theft.
g. InPrivate Filtering data (saved data used by InPrivate Filtering to detect where websites may be automatically sharing details about your visit)
6. After putting a checkmark on those you want to clean up or clear up, click Delete.
To disable the option to save a password on Internet Explorer (for advanced users only):
1. Click Start.
3. Type regedit to open the Registry Editor.
4. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER --> Software --> Microsoft --> Windows --> CurrentVersion --> Internet Settings
5. Right-click Internet Settings --> New --> DWORD Value.
6. Name it as DisablePasswordCaching.
7. Right-click DisablePasswordCaching --> Modify
8. Under Edit DWORD Value --> Value data:
9. Set the value to 1.
How to clean up your Mozilla Firefox internet browser:
1. Open Firefox.
2. Click Tools then Error Console.
3. Click Clear.
4. Click Tools then Clear Recent History.
5. Under Time range to clear, select Everything.
6. Under Details, select those you want to clean up or clear up:
a. Browsing & Download History
b. Form & Search History
e. Active logins
f. Site Preferences
7. Click Clear Now.
Disable the automatic remembering of passwords to secure your browser & computer:
1. Click Tools.
2. Click Options.
3. Click Security.
4. Under Passwords, make sure to UNCHECK:
a. Remember passwords for sites
b. Use a master password
For additional cleaning on the Firefox browser:
1. Search for the Firefox add-on Vacuum Places Improved.
2. Install the add-on Vacuum Places Improved.
Description of Vacuum Places Improved by Luca Niccoli:
Defragments your Firefox "Places" database (history/bookmarks)
This greatly reduces the lag while typing in the address bar and the start-up time.
This extension features configurable automatic cleaning, periodic reminder, and internationalization.
For further security on your Firefox browser:
1. Search for the Firefox add-on NoScript.
2. Install the add-on NoScript.
Description of NoScript by Giorgio Maone:
The best security you can get in a web browser!
Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.