- Sep 25, 2021
I understand different users have different browsing activities. For me, I somewhat often find myself wanting to click on unfamiliar sites due to the relevance of the description that appears in search results for something I am seeking out. If that wasn't the case I likely would not have opened this thread.I think the best way to vet is to use brain.exe. Is the site unfamiliar? Navigate away, don't even click. Stick to familiar reputable sites,
I do not like WOT, Traffic Light or Malwarebytes. They give you little security in exchange for sending a list of all the websites you are visiting. That's not a good deal at all.
I have not yet taken the time to research privacy policies for all of the browser extensions being mentioned, but I agree it is adding a middleman and communicating one's web traffic. Despite not being a high risk user, I simply do not like the principle of this no-opt-out model that is so prevalent. I'm likely in the minority, but I think it's too bad more companies don't offer such services for an additional fee, but with much stricter privacy policies.
I seem to be headed in the direction of educating myself more about all of the most likely threats one could encounter if they happen to land on a malicious website, and what security settings could be in place that would mitigate almost all of them. I would then run such a browser perhaps in a VM on occasions where I am venturing off the beaten path.