Category: Security

Firefox to Include “Do Not Track” Feature

By | December 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

Firefox to Include Do Not Track FeatureFollows Internet Explorer.

Mozilla’s chief executive, Gary Kovacs while talking about Firefox 4 in Mountain View, California addressed user privacy issues and promised to deliver “Do Not Track” button in the first part of next year.

“The idea of ‘Do Not Track’ is interesting, but there doesn’t seem to be consensus on what ‘tracking’ really means, nor how new proposals could be implemented in a way that respects people’s current privacy controls,” said Google.

The Federal Trade Commission has also suggested adding such mechanism back in December.

Malware Block Rate: Internet Explorer – 99%, Opera – 0%

By | December 14, 2010 | 20 Comments

Malware Block Rate: Internet Explorer - 99%, Opera - 0%Or so it seems.

NSS Labs tested 5 most popular web browsers to find out, which one of them offer the best protection against malware.

Tested web browsers

Google Chrome 6.0.472.63
Windows Internet Explorer 8 (build 8.0.7600.16385)
Windows Internet Explorer 9 pre-BETA (build 9.0.7930.16402)
Mozilla Firefox 3.6.10
Opera 10.62 (build 3500)
Safari 5.0.1 (7533.17.8)

Results
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Weekly Browsers Recap, December 13th

By | December 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, December 13th

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Free Xbox 360 Slim
We are giving away Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 console…

If Web Browsers Were Celebrities
A picture.
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Internet Explorer 9 Receives Tracking Protection

By | December 9, 2010 | 1 Comment

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The upcoming Internet Explorer 9 RC build (set for an early 2011 release) will include a couple of tracking protection features, Microsoft revealed earlier this week.

According to the official video, Tracking Protection will allow users to discover, who is tracking their activity, while Tracking Protection Lists provides them with a solution to easily block such sites from requesting their data.

Recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report might have an impact on Microsoft’s decision for such feature implementation.

Thanks, RamaSubbu SK.

Firefox 4 and Opera Dropping Websockets

By | December 9, 2010 | 8 Comments

Firefox 4 and Opera Dropping WebsocketsFrom useful to dangerous.

It looks like Websockets aren’t so great after all (at least in the short term). According to Mozilla and Opera posts, both companies will be disabling support for such technology until serious security flaws are fixed.

Mozilla said that Firefox 4 Beta 8 will be the very first release to do so, while Opera has not yet commented on version specifics.

Recently, Adam Barth has shared a security study findings that raised a red flag for the current state of Websockets protocol.
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Unwanted Firefox Plug-Ins

By | November 29, 2010 | 9 Comments

Unwanted Firefox Plug-Ins

Asa Dotzler, the Director of Community Development at Mozilla Corp. has raised a fair question:

Why do I have these plug-ins in Firefox? I don’t think I ever asked for any of them

There are quite a few plug-ins that make little to no sense, for example:

Why would Firefox ever need a Google or RockMelt Update? Furthermore, why is it okay to install all this malware for the big guys like Apple or Google?

P.S. They are enabled by default.

Weekly Browsers Recap, November 22nd

By | November 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, November 22nd

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Microsoft Caught Cheating in the Sunspider Benchmark
Oh boy, here we go again.

Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 7 Released
Screams for more performance.
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Internet Explorer is Safer than Google Chrome and Firefox

By | November 17, 2010 | 7 Comments

Internet Explorer is Safer than Google Chrome and Firefox

Or so it seems.

According to the “Dirty Dozen” applications list (which is basically a collection/report of the most discovered software flaws that require security updates), when it comes to vulnerabilities, Google Chrome is the no. 1 application to get.

Furthermore, same report claims that Internet Explorer has far less security flaws than Safari or Firefox web browsers.
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Steal Facebook, Twitter Accounts with Firesheep

By | October 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

Steal Facebook, Twitter Accounts with Firesheep

Now here is something different.

Eric Butler has released a Firefox extension called Firesheep, which will give you an access to other people social media accounts, as long as both of you are connected via insecure WiFi.

How does it work?
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Weekly Browsers Recap, October 18th

By | October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, October 18th

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All the Way to Internet Explorer 13
It seems like Microsoft decided to increase its domain names portfolio, as company…

New Firefox Trojan Spotted
It looks like a new Firefox Trojan is in the wild and none of the antivirus programs can…
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