Browsers, Tabs And Infections

When you are surfing the web you have to be ready for anything. While most of the time when you are surfing the web you are not going to run across anything that is going to hurt your computer, every now and then you will. And when that time comes you have to be ready and try to stop it from infecting your computer. But before you are able to do that you have to know where the infection is coming from. That means that you have to keep your eyes open at all times. And with the modern day browsers that most people are using that can be pretty hard. Most people these days use a browser that allows you to open multiple tabs at the same time. So that means that in one browser window you will have multiple web sites open. And from anyone of those web sites your computer can become infected.

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But don’t get me wrong, the ability to have multiple tabs open at the same time was a great innovation by the browser companies. And if you have a modern browser you should use it whenever you can. What we are saying is that you should be sure that you are careful of what web pages you open when you are using the tabs in the browser. And you need to do that no matter if you have one tab open or twenty. Any of those web pages can deliver the deathblow to your computer.

But there is one problem that you can run into when you have a browser that allows you to open multiple tabs at the same time. These same browsers have another feature that can be awfully convenient at times but can also turn around and bite you as well. This feature is the ability to go to the same page when you close the browser and then reopen it again. This is a great feature because it allows you to stay on the same tabbed pages just in case the browser closes or the browser crashes. All you have to do is reopen the browser and you are right back where you started from. But what if you do not want to be right where you started from? What do you do at that point?

Yes, when you are infected by a web site then there is a good chance that you do not want to go back to that website again. You do not want to take the chance of the same thing happening twice. But in some browsers, if you have it set to reopen tabs after close then you do not really have the choice of where you are going to end up at. That is why you have to make the choice of what you are going to do. Are you going to enable the feature or are you going to turn the feature off and have to start all over again when you go to a new session.

Luckily there are some browsers out there who have thought about this problem. For the past year, in Firefox, if the browser crashes you can pick and choose what sites you want to reopen again when you launch the same session. But if the browser did not crash and you decided to close it because you didn’t like the page that you were on then you are still in trouble.

When you are on the web you really have to worry about what page you are on. But you also have to make sure that your browser is not compounding the mistake by not allowing you to reset the browser tabs.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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