A quick look at the setup I use to browse the web more safely than the average Joe.
I don’t often make recommendations because such things have a way of back firing. Instead I’d like to outline a few bits of my setup that helps me to browse the web with a little extra piece of mind. If you feel like trying any part of this then please acknowledge my usual software disclaimer.
(get the LocationBar2 add-on here)
LocationBar2 has a number of features but most importantly it highlights the domain part of the website in the address bar. This makes it much easier to spot a spoofed website. If the highlighted part of the web address does not match what you expect to see then be extra cautious before you enter any sensitive information.
The image here is an example of a spoofed Twitter login page that was used in a scam that ran on the back of the Osama Bin Laden assassination (more information on the scam in this previous article). The page looks very convincing and the only way to tell that it is not the real Twitter is by the address that has been carefully crafted to look like Twitter.
Using these three simple and unobtrusive add-ons, the difference between the real Twitter website and the fake become more obvious. Note the green flag, domain name and US flag shown for the real site.
There are many many more add-ons that provide similar or supporting security and privacy features but I like these three in particular due to their subtlety. Some measure of observation is still required but these tools make it a little easier to spot trouble before it’s too late.
If you have any other add-ons or tools that you find particularly please leave a comment down below…
Hope this helps 🙂