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Safe and Sound

Keeping Your Web Browser Secure

Web browser security

Okay pop quiz time. It’s only one question so this’ll be quick. Here we go…

What is a web browser?

Give yourself five seconds to answer, and no asking the kids!

Okay… time’s up! Here’s the answer.

A web browser is a software program on your computer that allows you to visit websites on the Internet.

Pretty basic, huh? As simple as it seems, that sole function your browser provides makes it the most important tool of your online experience. Think about it: every web page you open has to appear in a web browser for you to see it. 

Browser Programs

There are many excellent web browser programs available to download online, all free. Some of the programs most often cited for standout performance include Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera. Each prides itself in providing a full web experience, and all of them consistently score high in consumer research studies.

Mozilla Firefox
Praised for its browsing speed and quality security features, it is also easily customizable thanks to the more than 6,000 toolbar add-ons Firefox provides.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
The most widely used browser today, IE8 offers standout parental controls that can be customized for each member of your family.

Google Chrome

Sizzling browsing speed, excellent security and reliability are three key features cited by Chrome fans. It offers many features and tools and, because it’s an “open source” browser, encourages innovation on the part of the user.

Apple Safari
Available for Macs and PCs, Safari is a fast browser (particularly on Apple products) that offers a number of nice-to-have tools, including spell checking, ability to re-size text zones on a site and its unique SnapBack and Top Sites features.

Opera provides fast browsing speeds (at one time, it claimed it was the fastest), as well as an easy-to-use and customizable toolbar. Its standout feature is its interactive voice command tool. You can surf by talking to the browser, and it will even read text to you.

Choosing the Right Browser

All this information does make it a challenge to decide on the right browser for you and your computer equipment. It will come down to personal preference, so don’t hesitate to try more than one browser before making your decision. To help you with this, here’s the critieria Top TenREVIEWS, an online consumer research site, used for its most recent study of browsers:

  • Security
  • Features and Tools
  • Ease of Use
  • Speed and Compatibility with Computer
  • Help/Support


Security definitely should be a top consideration when deciding on a web browser. With the large number of threats online, your browser should be designed to protect your machine from Adware, pop–ups, viruses and phishing frauds. It should also allow you to easily and quickly clear personal information and your surfing history. Also, check to see if the program automatically updates itself. Along with stronger performance, each upgrade provides stronger security protection.

Protect Your Browser with Cox Security Suite

As a Cox Internet subscriber, an excellent way to protect your browser is to download the Cox Security Suite program onto your computer. Free for all Cox High Speed Internet subscribers, the Cox Security Suite powered by McAfee® provides leading security features to protect your computer equipment and programs from online threats, helping to ensure a more confident browsing experience for you and your family. One of the security tools in the suite, SiteAdvisor, rates sites and flags potentially dangerous ones before actually going to them. Paying attention and acting on these warnings will go a long way to securing your browser.  

To find out more on how Cox Security Suite powered by McAfee® can protect your computer, go here.

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