Category: Security

Google Chrome Blocks Java

By | April 29, 2011 | 20 Comments

Google Chrome Blocks JavaJava and security vulnerabilities go together like bread and butter and fortunately for some users, it is now blocked in Google Chrome.

In case web page tries to access Java plug-in, the following message will be displayed:

“The Java plug-in needs your permission to run.”

After such popup, user can select whether he or she wants to run plug-in this time only or whitelist site all together.

For those who would like to disable protection, all you have to do is add –always-authorize-plugins command line flag.

Good news, nonetheless.

Source: Google Chrome Help.

Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, April 25th

By | April 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, April 25th

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Chrome Called Out By FTC Over Do Not Track

By | April 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

Chrome Called Out By FTC Over Do Not TrackGoogle was singled out by Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Liebowitz this week due to not yet having detailed any plans for integrating the Do Not Track feature. What this particular privacy feature does is let consumers opt out of online tracking by Web sites and advertisers, Google belonging to both of these categories.

Apple just announced they’re going to put it in their Safari browser. So that gives you Apple, Microsoft and Mozilla. Really the only holdout — the only company that hasn’t evolved as much as we would like on this — is Google.

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Microsoft Starts Bug Warnings For Third Parties

By | April 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

Microsoft Starts Bug Warnings For Third PartiesThree security advisories were released for rival browsers by Microsoft today, two of which for Chrome and one for Opera. Said bugs were spotted by researchers at Microsoft and brought to the attention of the security teams in charge of Opera and Chrome. Opera patched the bug in October of 2010 while Google fixed the vulnerabilities last September and December.

According to Mike Reavey, the director of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), the change is part of an expansion of the vulnerability disclosure policy launched by Microsoft the previous summer. These advisories were the first to be issued by Microsoft for vulnerabilities found in third party software. Other advisories will follow as necessary.
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Safari to Receive “Do Not Track” Feature

By | April 19, 2011 | 2 Comments

Safari to Receive "Do Not Track" FeatureIf the Wall Street Journal reports are to be believed, then the upcoming version of Apple’s Safari web browser (that comes with Mac OS X Lion) will include an option for users to disable tracking via cookies.

The recent Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4 releases already include “Do Not Track” functionality and with Safari soon to follow, Google Chrome and Opera are the only browsers that leave their users behind.

Hopefully, this will change soon.

Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, April 11th

By | April 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, April 11th

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Google Chrome to Improve Security

By | April 7, 2011 | 3 Comments

Google Chrome to Improve Security

Even though Google already offers a variety of protection tools for its users (from Safe Browsing API to Sandbox), it does not stop here.

According to the Chromium Blog, Google is announcing a new feature that will protect users against suspicious downloads.

How?
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Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, April Fools Edition

By | April 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

Weekly Browsers Recap, April 4th

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Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, March 28th

By | March 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, March 28th

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Mozilla Feels Remorse Over Keeping Mum About SSL Certificate Theft

By | March 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

Mozilla Feels Remorse Over Keeping Mum About SSL Certificate TheftAttackers utilized genuine passwords and usernames to get a hold of nine SSL certificates on the 15th of March via a Comodo certificate reseller. What SSL certificates do is basically prove the authenticity of a site. The log-on websites affected were Yahoo Mail, Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Hotmail, Skype, as well as Mozilla’s Firefox extension website.

Comodo revoked the certificates and brought the matter to the attention of Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft between the 15th and the 23rd of March. The breach of its reseller and the theft of the SSL certificates were announced on the 23rd of this month.
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