Set Your Web Browser for Security & Privacy

Web browser default settings are designed to be secure. However, you may want to take additional precautions to protect your privacy and enhance security. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with web browser security and privacy settings and make use of those most appropriate for you.

Note: Some browser settings may interfere with the functioning of some systems via the web. Some systems work better with particular web browsers—and even particular versions of those browsers— than others.


General Recommendations

  • Keep your browser software up-to-date.
  • Review your browser's security settings and preferences.
  • If you do not need pop-ups, disable them or install software that will prevent pop-up windows. Pop-ups can be used to run malicious software on your computer.
Note: Many ITS administrative systems, as well as general websites, require pop-ups for all features to work correctly. Depending on the systems and services you access, you may need to have pop-ups enabled.
  • Install browser add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions sparingly and with care. Browser add-ons function by allowing code to run on your computer. Add-ons from un-reputable sources can pose potential risks to privacy and data security.
    • Research the source of the add-on, plug-in, or extension. Download it from its original source (third-party developer) or from one of the major browser support websites. Most reputable add-ons are endorsed by the browser(s) that they can be used with.
    • Sometimes, you may visit a website that asks you to install a new add-on or plug-in so you can fully view the website. This can be risky, as the website may direct you to malware, rather than a legitimate add-on/plug-in.
    • Enable automatic updates to add-ons, plug-ins and extensions to ensure that they have up-to-date protection against potential security threats.

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