Almost everybody spends a lot of time on the Internet everyday. As usage increases, the number of complaints regarding the web browsing experience is also rising. No compatibility with the websites, threats from malicious viruses and software, interrupting advertisements, frustrating pop-ups, as well as data privacy are some of the issues frequently occurring while browsing.
You have several ways to safeguard yourself and make your browsing experience more secure and satisfying, despite the device you are using. Here are some tips to help you improve your web browsing experience.
● Update Your Plugins And Browser
Web developers keep on releasing updates of browsers with the latest features to improve user experience. Websites also stop supporting old versions of web browsers when newer ones are released. This is mainly due to security and compatibility concerns. Hackers look for vulnerabilities in the web browser you use, prompting companies to regularly release updates to fix these vulnerabilities. Your device will be secured by installing the latest update of the web browser. Some web browsers automatically update when a new version is released.
● Block Pop-Ups
Desktop pop-ups that come from the operating system you use are unavoidable. However, pop- ups from the web browser you choose can be disabled. Mostly, browser pop-ups open a new browser window to display ads. Most of them can be annoying and some of them will have inappropriate content or links. There will be filters in almost all browsers to block these pop-ups automatically. You can allow pop-ups of only the sites you trust and are beneficial for you.
● Utilize Ad Blockers
The emergence of ad blockers is the result of rising pop-up ads and other advertisements when you use the internet. Ad blockers are used to stop web pages that show you ads. It may feel great, however, the subject is highly controversial as it can affect the sites you visit. The ads pay a good amount to the websites for displaying them. So, when you use an ad blocker, it will deny the website to get the revenue to keep them functioning. Therefore, while using ad blockers, try to whitelist the sites you consider trustworthy and beneficial for you.
● “Do Not Track” Must Be Enabled
You can send a request of “do not track” to most web browsers that will ask them to not track your browsing data or information. The result will be dependent on the response of the site to your request. The problem is that most web servers and websites try to ignore such requests and carry on with their job. However, it is a good start to make it clear that you are against tracking.
● Clear Cookies And Cache
Clearing the web cache and cookies regularly will help you to reduce the impact of web browsers continuously tracking your browsing data. Thus, ads won’t be able to monitor you while using the internet. It will ensure that you are using the latest version of the downloaded web page. You can do this manually in all web browsers.