What is Browser Protection and Why Everyone Should Have It

October 30th · 2 min read

Browser protection is unique from traditional anti-virus solutions.

Traditional anti-virus products are downloaded to your computer and begin their protection only after the malware has already reached your PC.

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Browser protection tools work directly within the browser, where most threats like identity theft, virus downloaders, scams, and more attempt to gain entry to your devices. This means that when browser protection is enabled, it can stop threats BEFORE they reach your computer instead of afterward, as would be the case with traditional anti-virus.

What kind of threats?

  • Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity. This can come in the form of an email or a website disguised to appear as another. Most people think that they will be able to spot a phishing scam when nearing one, but in reality, that's not always the case. -__ Malicious code__ is the term used to describe any code that is intended to cause undesired effects, security breaches or damage to a system. Malicious code cannot be efficiently controlled by conventional antivirus software alone. -__ Identity theft__ occurs when a person's private identifying information is stolen and used without permission, usually for financial gain. A 2018 study conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research found that 1 in 15 people have been victim of identity theft. Of those, 1 in 5 experienced it more than once.
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The need for browser protection is rising as online users understand that Cyber Security needs to be a top priority to stay safe from malicious sites, phishing scams, identify theft, and privacy violations.

Malicious websites detect and exploit browser vulnerabilities to download malware. Every time your browser communicates with a website, the site collects information about your browser. In most cases, this is harmless as it's just part of the formatting process that delivers the page to appear on your browser. However, if malicious code has been embedded in this website, then security vulnerabilities of your browser could be exploited, and hackers could gain access to your device and information. Malicious code could be inserted without the website knowing it, or even worse, the website could have been designed with malicious code for evil hacking purposes.
Keeping your software up to date and using a trusted browser protection tool will help you protect your sensitive information and prevent attackers from accessing your computer. While traditional anti-virus software kicks in AFTER malicious code is downloaded to your computer, when you have a Browser Protection such as Guardio installed, it will block malware BEFORE it can attack.

Clean up your browser and prevent future scams

Protect yourself from online threats, phishing & other scams, begin with a free scan.

There are many threats online, but luckily there are many ways to protect yourself from them. With browsing protection activated on your browser, you can browse as usual and get alerts about data breaches associated with your devices and real-time warnings about potential phishing sites.
If you have more questions on browser protections, feel free to reach out to us at yourfriends@guard.io

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