Tip #1 - Don't rely on your browser to protect you from malicious Websites
Browsers only warn you about sites but cannot stop you from going there. Even if you have high-security settings and anti-virus software, visiting a risky Web site can result in viruses, spyware or worse.
A malicious website is like any other website on the internet: you connect to it with a browser. But if you dig a little deeper you’ll soon realize why it’s unlikely to become one of your favorite websites. The main objective of a malicious website is to install malware on your PC. And, in most cases, it won’t even ask permission. The moment that you land on a malicious website is the moment that the malware starts downloading.
Tip #2 - Keep your browser software up-to-date
Always keep your software updated and install the latest patches as soon as possible. Malicious websites are often used to distribute malware that targets software vulnerabilities. With this updated protection in place, you can minimize one of the main threats of malicious websites. New patches are often released to fix existing vulnerabilities in browser software, so having the most up-to-date versions is critical.
Tip #3 - Run anti-virus software and scan files before downloading
Anti-virus software provides protection by scanning for and removing malicious files on your computer and avoid downloading anything until you’re confident that it is secure. If you have any suspicion that a file may not be legitimate or may be infected, scan it with anti-virus software before downloading it.
Tip #4 - Use HTTPS
The “s” in “https” stands for secure, meaning that the Website is employing SSL encryption. Check for an “https:” or a padlock icon in your browser’s URL bar to verify that a site is secure before entering any personal information.
Tip #5 - Don’t reuse passwords
Using the same password for multiple sites only makes it easier for attackers to compromise your sensitive information. Instead, keep track of your different passwords with a handwritten list that you keep in a safe place or come up with your own algorithm for creating unique passwords that only you would know. It is also recommended that you change your passwords every 90 days.
Tip #6 - Disable autocomplete for forms or remember your passwords features
Nearly all browsers and many websites in general offer to remember your passwords for future use and Web sites can use hidden fields to steal the data from forms. Enabling these features to make them easier for an attacker to discover if your system gets compromised. Also, criminals can hijack your browsing session and steal your information if you stay logged-in to a site. If you have these features enabled, disable them and clear your stored passwords.