Web Browser Security is the application of Internet security to web browsers in order to protect networked data and computer systems from breaches of privacy or malware.  Security problems happen when attackers exploit browsers’ vulnerabilities often using JavaScript, cross-site scripting and Adobe Flash player.

Web browsers can be breached in one or more of the following ways:

  • Operating system is breached and malware is reading/modifying the browser memory space in privilege mode
  • Operating system has a malware running as a background process, which is reading/modifying the browser memory space in privileged mode.
  • Main browser executable can be hacked.
  • Browser components may be hacked.
  • Browser plugins can be hacked.
  • Browser network communications could be intercepted outside the machine.

Your web browser is under attack in many ways. This may be simply tricking you into downloading and running malicious software, attackers mainly target flaws in your browser and its plug-ins to compromise your PC.

Ways to protect yourself:

  • One of the best ways to protect yourself from attackers is to use a browser with a good security features and latest firmware installed.
  • Using old version of browsers is not advisable.
  • Uninstall any plug-ins you don’t need to secure your web browser.
  • Update any plug-ins manually if it doesn’t have automatic update feature.
  • Using a better operating system with antivirus and anti-exploit programs.