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Here are three common myths about browser security that you?ll want to think twice about before you believe them.

MYTH: HTTPS Means a Site is Always Secure

If you see that ?s? at the end of ?HTTPS,? you might think, ?Oh, yes, that website is secure.? The imagery of the padlock icon doesn?t help matters either. In reality, just because a website has HTTPS, doesn?t make it a secure website. All it means is that the website has guaranteed the secure transmission of data, not what the website actually does with that data. The owner of the website could be a hacker or a criminal, for all you know. Be sure to verify the legitimacy of any website boasting HTTPS, especially if you have any doubts about how they might use your sensitive data.

MYTH: Incognito Mode Makes Your Browsing Private

Incognito mode is a bit misleading by virtue of its name, implying that you can browse undetected with total anonymity and privacy. This is just not true, either. Incognito mode simply turns off the browser mechanisms that might store certain information, such as search history, cookies, and form data. This is only on the computer in use, though. Your ISP will generally always know how you use the Internet, and so will your workplace, provided they are using network monitoring software.

MYTH: Just Don?t Download Suspicious Files and You Won?t Get Malware

Some people might think they are not going to get malware as long as they avoid downloading suspicious files to their computer, but the reality is that malware has many methods of distribution to consider that can be harmful. Browser extensions and ads can both be used to target vulnerabilities in software and operating systems you might use on your device, so we recommend that you use a security system that prevents ads from rendering as often as possible and always treat browser extensions with scrutiny. It doesn?t take a genius to buy ad space or create a browser extension, load it with nasty code, and distribute it online.

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