Windows Defender and Browsers

  1.    30 Dec 2018 #1

    Windows Defender and Browsers

    I have seen implications in some of the posts that I have read that WD is not completely compatible with non-MS browsers. I use Edge, Firefox, and Chrome, depending on what I 'm doing and would like to know that WD works equally well on all of them. Is that the case?

    I recently cancelled my Norton subscription because I am getting the sense that it was unnecessary given the current performance level of WD, provided that I exercise some discipline and caution.
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  2.    30 Dec 2018 #2

    I have read that too, but I understand that WD protects the Windows operating system itself, regardless of which browser is used. I use Chrome most of the time and have the WD extension for Chrome enabled. The extension is really just a version of Smart Screen made for Chrome but it works very well. I also use the Avast Online Security extension and Ad Block Plus on all 3 browsers. Chrome and Firefox are pretty well secured on their own, they really have not let me step in anything bad online.

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       30 Dec 2018 #3

    You can install K9 Web Protection made by Norton, it works against malware too, system wide.

    Or install just Forticlient's web filter - it is pretty effective. Then there are extensions:
    Avira, Bitdefender, Emsisoft Browser Security and Netcraft - Phishing Protection.

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    Jimmy9190 said: View Post
    and have the WD extension for Chrome enabled.
    Note, that that extension is pretty much useless. It merely notifies, but it does not block anything.
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  4.    31 Dec 2018 #4

    One has to be extremely wary of extensions they add to their browsers.

    HTG: Browser Extensions Are a Privacy Nightmare: Stop Using So Many of Them

    AV browser extensions can create security holes and increase the attack surface for browsers.

    HTG: Donít Use Your Antivirusí Browser Extensions: They Can Actually Make You Less Safe

    Although these articles are a bit dated, the general advice is still sound. If inevitable, reputation, trust and a risk vs. benefit analysis are major factors in choosing a safe browser extension.
    Last edited by PrivacyFreak; 31 Dec 2018 at 10:24.
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