Securing Firefox: How to avoid hacker attacks on Mozilla’s browser
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Set your default browser and home page
In the General tab, you can manually set your home page and check to ensure Firefox is your default browser.
Privacy and cookies
In the Privacy tab, select the Cookies sub-category. Here you can disable cookies or change your preferences for how the browser handles them. rn
CERT/CC recommends enabling cookies for the original site only. Additionally, by enabling the option unless I have removed cookies set by the site, a web site can be “blacklisted” from setting cookies when its cookies are removed manually.
In general, CERT/CC recommends you do not use the Firefox feature to store passwords. rn
If you decide to use the feature, be sure to use the measures available to protect the password data on your computer. rn
Under Firefox’s Privacy category, the Passwords subcategory contains various options to manage stored passwords, and a Master Password feature to encrypt the data on your system. rn
Use this option if you decide to let Mozilla Firefox manage your passwords.
From the Content category, you can configure Firefox to block pop-up ads and warn when web sites try to install extensions or themes.rn
You should also Disable Java unless required by the site you wish to visit. Again, you should determine if this site is trustworthy and whether you want to enable Java to view the site’s content. rn
This is a continuation of the previous slide. CERT/CC recommends disabling all of the options displayed in this dialog.
Firefox’s Downloads tab offers the option to change actions taken when files are downloading. rn
Any time a file type is configured to open automatically with an associated application, this can make the browser more dangerous to use. Vulnerabilities in these associated applications can be exploited more easily when they are configured to open automatically. rn
Click the View & Edit Actions button to view the current download settings and modify them if necessary.
Configuring download actions
The Download Actions dialog shows the file types and the actions the browser will perform when it encounters a given file type. rn
For any file type listed, click on either Remove Action or Change Action.rn
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If you click on Change Action (from previous slide), select Save them on my computer to save files of that type to the computer.rn
This helps prevent automated exploitation of vulnerabilities that may exist in these applications.
Removing private data
This is where you can configure Firefox to remove potentially sensitive data from the browser (see previous slide).