Note: this page is pretty old now, but many of the concepts are still interesting, if outdated.
Unfortunately each browser program has its own way of doing this. Even different versions of the same program sometimes have different methods of doing this. Here is a way of doing it for a few of the most popular web browsers:
- On the Mac OS go to Safari instead of Edit.
Note: if you think you are safe just because you only visit respectable sites, think again. While it is true that most respectable sites are safe, occasionally a really bad bug is discovered (like the one that was in the international headlines just recently.) In this case professional hackers were the first ones to discover a bug. Because no one else knew about it they had time to develop and perfect code that completely compromised the computer of anyone to visit a hacked web site. They could do anything to the compromised computer, and I mean anything. All it took was one visit to a hacked site by a System Administrator from a large, respected internet company and they were able to gain control of much of the organization through the sys-admin's powerful computer. During the brief period before they discovered it their own site exposed visitors the attack! Nothing is guaranteed and hence the continual urgency of keeping your computer system patched.