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Computer Active (UK) - - Protect Your Tech - Avast Se­cure Browser www.snipca.com/27868

Chrome, Fire­fox and Opera are all great browsers, but they leave too much of the se­cu­rity work to you. To pro­tect your pri­vacy you have to turn on nu­mer­ous set­tings and in­stall ex­ten­sions. Not so with Avast Se­cure Browser (the new name for Safe­zone), which has been built to pro­vide max­i­mum pro­tec­tion from the mo­ment you in­stall it.

When you open it click Avast’s logo at the top right to launch the Se­cu­rity & Pri­vacy Cen­ter (change it to ‘Cen­tre’ by click­ing the Op­tions but­ton then se­lect­ing ‘English United King­dom’). This shows you all the tools Avast in­cludes (see screen­shot), and which you there­fore won’t need to add as ex­ten­sions. Ad­block, Anti- Phish­ing, Anti-track­ing, Flash Blocker, Ex­ten­sion Guard, and HTTPS En­cryp­tion are turned on by de­fault, as they should be. The only one not switched on is anti-fin­ger­print­ing, which stops web­sites recog­nis­ing your browser based on the add-ons you’re us­ing. It’s a pow­er­ful tool, but does stop some web­sites from work­ing.

There is one an­noy­ance: its de­fault search en­gine is Ya­hoo not Google. To change this click the menu but­ton, Set­tings, then in the ‘Search en­gine’ sec­tion choose Google – or an­other, such as Duck­duckgo.

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