Browsers have become extremely complex over the last few years, so does everyone fully understand everything a modern browser does? Of course everyone is familiar with the point and click, redirections, forms . . . normal Web stuff. What you might not know, is that your browser does a lot of things automatically without you asking it to. These “helpful” features represent potential security risks, and it’s important that you are at least aware of them, so you can adjust your browsing behavior accordingly.
The Trouble with Some Browser Optimizations
Modern browsers have a lot of optimizations to make sure your pages load quickly. A few of the most interesting—and potentially harmful—optimizations are little known, but can represent serious breaches in privacy or undesired actions being taken without your knowledge. Not necessarily because you are targeted by an attacker, but because you’re not aware that your browser is doing these things in the background.
A few of these include:1) DNS prefetching.
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