Today, security has become a hot topic because hackers are willing to do everything in their power to obtain useful data and infect computers with viruses. No one wants this to happen, which is why it is important to protect your equipment carefully. In most cases, these attacks are carried out through browser plug-ins. Over the years, the security level in the operating system has increased, making it difficult for attackers to access the lower layers. Therefore, they are looking for other places that can be used to attack the system, and this is where the browser plug-in comes in.
Most of us use browser plug-ins, and most of us don’t even know about the plug-ins we have installed. To make matters worse, many programs tend to install their own plug-ins in the browser, and getting rid of them is not an easy task. You should pay attention to several different types of plugins. Some of them are real programs, saved on our computer to interact with the browser. Then there are some that only run in a browser environment. These extensions do not pose a great threat because they cannot access the main system. Therefore, with this in mind, we will only focus on the main plugins commonly used in attacks.
The configuration of all plugins in Chrome depends on the browser version you are using. If you are using a version higher than 57, all plug-ins (including extensions and plug-ins) are placed in one place. To get there, you can open the “More Tools” menu and select “Extended” from the drop-down menu.
Fortunately, you do not need to perform all these steps to enter the plug-in menu, but you can use the shortcut and type “chrome: // extension” in the URL bar, it will take you to your destination. When you enter this screen, you will see a list of plugins installed in your browser. From here, you can disable users who are not in use, or find detailed information by clicking the “Details” button. For Adobe Flash Player, you can find it in the list of components by searching for “chrome: //components”. If necessary, this software can be updated from this page.
Another popular browser is Safari, and its plug-in settings are different from other browsers. The browser will open a new window with different settings provided by the App Store. If you want to find Java, you must go to the “Preferences” tab, then go to Security and uncheck the “Enable Java” box. If you are using the correct plugin, it can come in handy. When installing a new plug-in, you should pay attention to all possible persistent risks.
If you are using Firefox and want to view a list of all add-ons installed in your browser, you first need to go to the drop-down menu and click “Add-ons.” From there, you will see the plugins option on the left side of the screen. When you enter the next screen, you will see a list of installed plugins in your browser. They are all arranged in alphabetical order, you can also click the “More” option to get more information about them. Just check this list, and then uncheck the list that you don’t need or that looks suspicious. If you have a plugin that you use frequently, you should probably keep it and disable less useful plugins.
You can also check whether your plugin is up to date. For each plugin, there is a button that displays “Verify”. If you click on it, you will know whether the plugin used is indeed relevant. Firefox provides one of the most enjoyable and easiest ways to ensure that you properly manage browser add-ons.
If you are using Internet Explorer, you must also perform the necessary steps to ensure that the browser add-on is not used for error reasons. To manage add-ons in this browser, you need to click the settings icon and go to “Manage Add-ons.” Clicking this button will welcome you to a new window that will show you a list of all add-ons currently installed in the browser.
The list may be very long, and may even be confused with the names of certain plug-ins. However, once you figure it out, you can easily find out which plug-ins are from Microsoft and which plug-ins are from third parties. As an Internet Explorer user, the main problem you will face is that you constantly add new plugins regularly. This means that you have to manage them almost every day.
These are some of the main things you should know when managing add-ons in your browser. There are many browsers, but we focus on the best and most commonly used browsers. Protecting your computer from hacker attacks at all costs is one of your important tasks as a user. Therefore, not only should you install antivirus software and scan from time to time, but whenever you see some strange pop-ups or encounter errors and blockages in your browser, you should also check its attachments and extensions. These precautions will protect your data and equipment from any infection.