How to protect your PC against hostile sites, browser flaws

Recent reports from Google [1] and Sophos [2] have highlighted the rapid increase the number of hostile websites. These sites use flaws in popular browsers as well as Windows to secretly infect anyone who happens to accidentally visit them. Keeping all your products up-to-date reduces your risk of infection but increasingly these hostile sites are exploiting new or unpatched flaws to attack visitor’s computers. It’s not hard to protect your PC against these threats: surf from within a sandbox such as Sandboxie or alternatively run your browser with reduced rights. To help you I’ve written a short how-to guide [3] that’s now on my website. If you are not yet using these protective techniques I strongly recommend you read this guide and adopt its recommendations.
[1] http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/
[2] http://www.securecomputing.net.au/news/53424,number-of-infected-web-pages-soar.aspx
[3] http://www.techsupportalert.com/safe-surfing.htm
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