Protecting You and your Data With the Secure Search
In our last article, we discussed what Web Companion is as well as how to easy it is to install. In this article, we continue our getting to know Web Companion by discussing some frequently asked questions about how to use it, as well as spotlighting the Secure Search tool feature.
So you have Web Companion installed what next?
For most users, once you have installed Web Companion, there is no need to customize it unless you want to. Web companion is designed to work in the background of your system, so unless you visit a blacklisted website, or experience a malicious pop-up, you will never know it is there.
Do I need to update?
No, your system will automatically update with new lists as they become available. The Malware Lab Team continually adds or removes listed websites as required so you can rest assured that you will be safe online.
What if I use Mozilla Firefox for some type of browsing, and Google Chrome for others?
One of the cleverest benefits of Web Companion is that you can install it on one or multiple web browsers. Web Companion supports the following browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox as well as Internet Explorer.
While we always recommend that you install it on every browser that you use while online, the particular benefit is that you can customize the solution for your specific requirements based upon the browser. For example, let us say that you use Chrome to search for online video streaming, with Web Companion you can customize your homepage selection to the site you watch videos from. The inverse can also be true if for example you only use Firefox for business-related searches. With the customizable homepage selection, you can navigate directly from the Adaware Secure Search. This will ensure you are 100% safe online when browsing new websites.
Road testing your Web Companion – The Secure Search Option
As we mentioned, most people will install Web Companion and forget about it until it is needed. So let us look at a day in the life situation of online banking using both Web Companion as well as not using it and see what happens.
Example 1 – Using Web Companion
- When opening Internet Explorer, we have selected the Adaware Secure Search as our home browser. Simply type in your search as you would do typically and click Search. Unlike many other anti-malware solutions, who force you to use a particular web browser, Web Companion gives the user the freedom to select the web browser/homepage that they want, and are familiar with.
- The Adaware Secure Search will only display reliable websites that are not blacklisted
- Using Web Companion ensures that you can do online banking with confidence, ensuring that you are on the right site each and every time.
Example 2 – Not using Web Companion
In the next example, we will again do a little online banking, but in this case, we will NOT use Web Companion.
Surfing the Internet, you come across the following webpage that you assume is your bank. So you input your bank card details, ZIP code, and PIN, then nothing happens. Frustrated you close the lid to your laptop in frustration and forget about it.
The problem here is that this website is actually not your online bank at all. This is a fictitious site set up to appear to be your bank. Originating in Malaysia this deceptive website is designed to trick you into doing something dangerous like installing malicious software or revealing your personal information, for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards.
Your online peace-of-mind is the mission number one for us. The Adaware Secure Search is just one of the tools that we use each and every day to ensure your online presence is fun, secure and worry-free.