Category: Web Browsers

Web Browsers Security. Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox

By | July 12, 2007 | 29 Comments

After yesterdays post about new Firefox security bug I’ve decided to check out, which of the worlds most popular web browsers are most secure. Thanks to Secunia for stats.

Opera 9.x – Affected By 6 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 0% (0 of 6 Secunia advisories)

Internet Explorer 7.x – Affected By 13 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 54% (7 of 13 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
The most severe unpatched Secunia advisory affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x, with all vendor patches applied, is rated Moderately critical.

Safari 2.x – Affected By 6 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 67% (4 of 6 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
The most severe unpatched Secunia advisory affecting Safari 2.x, with all vendor patches applied, is rated Less critical.

Firefox 2.0.x – Affected By 12 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 67% (8 of 12 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
The most severe unpatched Secunia advisory affecting Mozilla Firefox 2.0.x, with all vendor patches applied, is rated Highly critical.

I am really confused right now, but does that makes Firefox 2.0.x most insecure web browser? And according to Secunia stats, Internet Explorer 7 is right after Opera which puts it into the 2nd place?

1. Opera 9.x – Most Secure Web Browser?
2. Internet Explorer 7.x
3. Safari 2.x
4. Firefox 2.0.x – Most Insecure Web Browser?

Flock 0.9 Beta (Social Browser)

By | July 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

Ever heard about it? No? Me too. It’s basically a Mozilla Firefox based browser, so not a “real” web browser, more likely like a big extension.

Flock 0.9
Click to enlarge

However, if you are using social networks a lot, this might be usefull for you then.

Feel free to read more about their current release here.

Web Browsers Tactics And Strategies

By | July 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

Today I’ve decided to write a bit, of what should web browsers developers do in order to win or not to lose market share.
This is only my opinion which can be wrong as well. It can also be offensive for some of you.

Internet Explorer – Drop that slow and poorly written Internet Explorer core and develop something good. Internet Explorer is slow, buggy; uses lots of resources, ignores web standards, renders bad, lacks of functionality, etc. It’s just a big piece of software, which sooner or later won’t be used anymore. Develop faster, why are you sleeping? All other companies are much smaller and release/announces new versions more frequency. How that’s possible? Don’t be lazy just cause you have money.

Firefox – Finally fix memory leak bug (some says it’s already a “feature”). Support web standards (glad you will do that in Firefox 3), stop stealing features from other browsers and develop something more on your own.

Opera – Stop crying, that a big part of web developers ignores you. Buy advertising in web developer communities, and just get in touch with them. Build strong relations and explain why they should develop new product not just for IE, Firefox, Safari, and Netscape but also for Opera.

Safari – Not much to say yet. Waiting for the final Safari 3 release. Yes, we know that you’ve invented an iPhone, but who cares?

Netscape, Konqueror and others – Haven’t used them. Why? Make some whispers, get more attention.

Social Network For Software Users

By | July 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

If you enjoy using social networks this might be interesting then.

Wakoopa.com is a social network for software users (more likely fans), so if you are a big fan of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Netscape or what’s so ever, feel free to join there.

I am not sure, what’s the point to join those groups, as all I read was: “I love this browser, the best of the best”, etc… But hey, that’s only my opinion.

Internet Explorer is in the 1st place.
Firefox is in the 2nd place.
Opera is in the 3rd place.
Safari remains 6th.

BrowserShots.org And Opera (Part II)

By | July 7, 2007 | 0 Comments

Yesterday I’ve posted an article “BrowserShots.org Removes Opera?” and would like to update you.

Johann from BrowsherShots.org explained, that they haven’t removed Opera from the website, it’s just because not all the screenshot making machines (with different operating systems and browsers) working all the time.

Thanks Johann.

Visit BrowserShots.org

BrowserShots.org Removes Opera?

By | July 6, 2007 | 0 Comments

Today I was taking some screenshots using BrowserShots.org (read more about it here) and noticed that they have added some extra browsers BUT removed Opera 9.21.

Current list looks like this:

Firebird 0.6
Firebird 0.7
Firefox 1.0
Firefox 1.5
Firefox 2.0
Firefox 3.0
Flock 0.7
Iceweasel 2.0
Konqueror 3.5
Mozilla 1.0
Mozilla 1.1
Mozilla 1.2
Mozilla 1.3
Mozilla 1.4
Mozilla 1.5
Mozilla 1.6
Mozilla 1.7
Navigator 4.8
Phoenix 0.1
Phoenix 0.2
Phoenix 0.3
Phoenix 0.4
Phoenix 0.5
SeaMonkey 1.0
SeaMonkey 1.1
Firefox 1.5
Firefox 2.0
MSIE 5.0
MSIE 5.5
MSIE 6.0
MSIE 7.0
Firefox 2.0
Safari 2.0

I wonder if they are just upgrading script or removed for some unknown reasons.

2007 June Browsers Market Share Results

By | July 2, 2007 | 1 Comment

Time for one of my favorite topics, it’s a browsers market share.

You can find previous month (May) results here.

OK, Internet Explorer, it actually surprised me, I didn’t exptected its growth this month. Gained from 78.67% to 78.84% (0.17% increase).

In the previous month, Firefox lost some market share, however, this month it’s 0.01% higher. Gained from 14.54% to 14.55% (0.01% increase). Maybe will increase it more in this month, we will see.

As expected, Safari lost more than a small amount of market share, maybe will get better after Safari 3 final release. From 4.82% to 4.49% (0.33% decrease).

Althought Opera lost 0.02% of its market share last month, it doesn’t matter now, they have increased market share from 0.74% to 0.91% (0.17% increase). And as I can see, it is the highest market share ever in this year.

As Safari, Netscape also lost some market share. From 0.83% to 0.78% (0.05% decrease).

Opera Mini got nice amount of attention in the June, so not a big surprise, they have increased market share from 0.16% to 0.21% (0.05% increase).

Here’s a graph of current browsers market share. Thanks to HitsLink.

2007 June Market Share

BlackBerry Browser vs. Opera Mini

By | June 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

What? BlackBerry Browser??? That’s right. BlackBerry Browser is currently in development and it’s planned for BlackBerry Pearl 2 or so.

There should be some really cool features, well… Actually I know only one now which is really exciting, it’s a tabbed browsing.

Here are some screenshots of the BlackBerry Browser.

BlackBerry Browser Screenshot 1

BlackBerry Browser Screenshot 2

BlackBerry Browser Screenshot 3

Althought it’s currently lacks of interface but looks promising. You may also vote in the ZDNet poll: New BlackBerry browser or Opera Mini?

Why Do You Use IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Netscape Or Any Other?

By | June 25, 2007 | 13 Comments

I am just curious, why do you use Internet Explorer (IE), Firefox, Opera, Safari, Netscape or any other web browser?

When you are using one or other browser? Do you use only one or more?

Send me an email to questionsATfavbrowser.com or just leave a comment in this web site with your answers. I will post some of them here so we could get main view why one or other browser is being used.

Short Information for Web Developers

By | June 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

If you are developing a web site, you should already know that the more web browsers renders it correctly, better it is for you and your visitors.

I would like to suggest a tool/site called BrowserShots.org.

If you don’t want to install every web browser in your computer, buy Mac and/or PC this site will help you a lot.

So what does it do? It takes a screenshot of your web and shows how each web browser renderds it. You can select screen resolution, color depth, JavaScript, Java, Macromedia Flash, media plugins and web browsers which includes:

Mac:

  • Firefox 2.0
  • Safari 1.3
  • Safari 2.0
  • Safari 3.0

Linux:

  • Firefox 2.0
  • Iceweasel 2.0
  • Konqueror 3.5
  • Opera 9.21

Windows:

  • Firefox 1.5
  • Firefox 2.0
  • MSIE 5.0
  • MSIE 5.5
  • MSIE 6.0
  • MSIE 7.0

I hope this will help you to develope web browsers friendly web pages. Good luck.

I’ve checked FavBrowser.com and after removed YouTube video (which cause some problems with Firefox 2.0.0.3 on Linux), seems that it renders correctly in every web browser.

Now you can make web browser friendly pages. Good Luck.