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Chapter 7. Understanding the Online Envi... > Solutions: Web Surfing, Personal Inf...

Solutions: Web Surfing, Personal Information, Web Bugs, and More

This section discusses several programs you can use to control your Web surfing experience. You can control many things in addition to what we have addressed in this chapter, including pop-up widows, banner advertisements, and active content such as Java and ActiveX. First we cover Web browser settings because your Web browser is the most important piece of software you use, and it is important to understand its configuration options.

Web Browsers

The following sections discuss some of our recommended settings for both Netscape Navigator 6.1 and Internet Explorer 6.0. Although the best settings for you really depend on your needs and habits, this is a good reference point. We recommend reading through the documentation and help files that come with your Web browser to understand the full range of configuration options it provides. The recommendations we make provide security in exchange for convenience. It is up to you to decide the balance that you want. Today's Web browsers store personal information about you, store words you commonly type in forms and search engines, and try to enable features that allow for the most diverse and rich Web experience. You must understand the features of your browser to decide what to turn on and off and what personal information to make available.


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