You can never be too safe on the internet. Sure, you’ve learned to not open links from phishy emails, or to click on links from Facebook and Twitter that sound like spam, but once in a while, maybe through no fault of your own, you’ll end up at a bad corner of the internet. And that might lead to malware or some compromised data.
The HTTPS protocol puts a secure wall between your computer and the web server you’re communicating with. A lot of major websites are using the secure HTTPS protocol now but there are still some small websites that have not made the switch.
Avast! is one of the most widely used free desktop anti-virus programs. It also has a Chrome extension dedicated to internet security.
Thanks to the millions of users who use Avast! on desktops and in browsers, the app has amassed a huge repository of phishy sites, sites that spread malware, etc.
So when you visit a particularly shady part of the internet, Avast! will warn you about it.
3. Web Of Trust
Web Of Trust gives reputation ratings for links and websites. The extension also has a hover-over-links feature that lets you see the reliability of a webpage even before you visit it.
Web Of Trust’s database is immense and it uses the well known traffic signal lights to signify the ratings. So when you see the red dot, you know it’s best to stay away. A green dot means go.
The extension also has detailed ratings if you want to see if a site is child friendly or not. You can choose to leave ratings for websites yourself, which help other users too.
Disconnect will also secure Wi-Fi when you’re using a public network to stop eavesdropping.
DoNotTrackMe is an alternative to Disconnect, one that gives you a lot more control over the data being transmitted.
You can choose to block any personal data you choose, including your email address.
6 & 7. ZenMate and Hola
ZenMate and Hola are both spectacular proxy/VPN softwares integrated in Chrome. Both extensions can be used to mask your current locations.