We recommend changing your browser settings in the University at
Buffalo computing environment for added safety precautions.
Before implementing recommended changes, each setting should be
carefully examined. Don’t implement any settings without
first testing it in a non-production environment. The entire
process for each browser may take several minutes to even hours
(especially if you’re doing this for the first time),
depending on the level of security enhancement you’ve
Before applying system changes, consider the following important
- As you take each action or simply audit applicable areas
throughout the steps, document each change you make.
- Although recommendations will lead to significantly a more
secure browser, keep in mind that no Internet browser is completely
immune from well-seasoned hackers whose tools and techniques are
becoming increasingly sophisticated and detrimental.
1. Read University at
Buffalo's IT Use Policies.
2. Apply all security hotfixes, or patches, to date for each
3. Apply updates to all third-party plug-ins installed such as
Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft
Silverlight, etc. using HFNetChkPro.
This website explores the basics of web browser features and
risks, including a discussion of the most commonly exploited
VBScript. In addition, it offers step-by-step recommendations for
securing a number of commonly used browsers including Internet
Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.
Microsoft’s website offers a more in-depth guide to hardening Internet Explorer 8.