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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Safe Internet Browsing

Apart from the normal standard practices, follow these additional information security practices for safety on Internet.

1. Use alternate DNS entries other than your ISP DNS servers. IP 208.67.222.222  and 208.67.220.220  are two such 'Open DNS' servers. 'Open DNS' services can additionally keep a tab on bad/malicious sites and inform you. There are other such servers hosted by Google(IP Address 8.8.8.8), Verizon(4.2.2.1 or 4.2.2.2) , Comodo and Norton. You can find additional details on this blog entry.

2.  Disconnect or power off  the LAN/WiFi Interface or the DSL modem when not in use.

3.   Be careful of shortened web addresses(url). Two popular such services are hosted by http://bit.ly and  http://tinyurl.com/. These are posted on social sites like LinkedIn and others. Expand them when in doubt. You can expand and verify such addresses on  http://tools.sucuri.net/?page=tools&title=check-url  or http://checkshorturl.com/

4.   People open multiple tabs in the same browser window and perform various tasks. This practice for general browsing is fine but if on one tab you have an open and established secure connection (https://) with your bank and in another tab you have logged into FaceBook or a forum and chatting or playing an application then you are definitely at risk! you can find all such useful tips on this page

5.  Use the 'Robtex Swiss Army Knife Internet Tool' at http://www.robtex.com/ to dig additional information if you are suspicious about a site. You can also find google's  diagnostic messages when you click on the 'google safe browsing' link on the results page.