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I think I've mentioned before that I run FireFox most of the time instead of Internet Explorer. One of the reasons I run Firefox is the wealth of addins that are available for it.
If, like me, you run FireFox, I strongly recommend that you consider the NoScript plugin.
NoScript addresses this very simply. To quote their site:
When you encounter a site that is not on your trusted list, NoScript's icon in the lower right of your browser window will change to indicate that scripts have been blocked, and a "Scripts Currently Forbidden" line is added:
Once you've clicked on "Allow ask-leo.com", or any of the other domains that can be allowed, scripts originating from those domains will be allowed and run from then on.
Over time, after you build up your list of allowed sites, you'll rarely even think about NoScript unless or until you visit a site that is new, or has unexpectedly added scripting. This is where NoScript's real value comes into play: scripts from new sources will not run. Any attempts to perform malicious actions via scripting will not be able to take place until you've had a chance to determine if the site is trustworthy or not.
With malicious attacks always seemingly on the rise, blocking scripting by default and allowing on an as-needed basis make a lot of sense.
NoScript - another tool for your security arsenal.
I recommend it.
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