Enterprise Software

Securing Firefox: How to avoid hacker attacks on Mozilla's browser

Getting started

Security problems with Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer browser helped pave the way for Mozilla Firefox to emerge as an alternative for Web surfers.

However, Firefox users should be aware that hackers can exploit software flaws and design features to launch attacks.

The following configuration changes, recommended by CERT/CC, can disable various features and set up the browser to run in a secure state, limiting the damage from malware attacks.

To get started, select Tools, then Options.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The images from these CERT/CC recommendations came from an older version of Firefox. On newer versions, the display screens will vary slightly but the advice/recommendations still apply.