October, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari – Up; Google Chrome, Opera – Down
If you thought that Internet Explorer will lose its crown anytime soon then think again as for quite some time now, it keeps doing the opposite. Up from 57.80% to 58.22% (0.42 point increase).
Not so long time ago, we learned that anyone could access your Chrome passwords by simply typing “chrome://settings/passwords” in the URL bar.
After announcing that was done “by design”, the search giant has since listened to the community and actually did something to fix the issue. According to Google’s François Beaufort, the latest Chromium build for Mac has a new experimental flag (chrome://flags/#enable-password-manager-reauthentication), which, when enabled, will prevent people from gaining access to your passwords as they will be promoted to reauthenticate with the User Mac OS password.
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Apple’s Safari, which tries to recover some of its lost market share, up from 54.19% to 55.88% (1.69 point increase).
Can’t have too much security.
If you’ve been recommending Google Chrome to your non tech-savvy friends then you’ll be happy to know that the latest Canary build will make things even better.
Starting with the bleeding edge, Chrome will now block suspicious downloads by default, which will not only protect consumers but also save your time when they ask you to fix their computer.
Now here’s a Halloween surprise for you.
Today, Opera has announced that they will be shutting down My Opera platform on March 1, 2014, which means that you have 4 months to export your blog and / or save all the data.
In addition to that, My Opera Email will too be discontinued so you should start looking for a new (and reliable) provider as soon as possible, such as Gmail or Outlook.
The wait is over.
Today, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 25 Final, which appears to be a pretty minor release, considering the changes.
The only two new things are: Web Audio support and readjusted find bar that is no longer shared between tabs. That’s pretty much it. Obviously, Firefox 25 also includes some security and other fixes as well as few things for developers but these are not exactly exciting changes.
The power of automation.
When it comes to filling online forms, nothing comes close to auto complete. Now, it looks like Google’s implementation is something you should be concerned about, especially if Chrome (or Opera 15+) has your credit card data.
So what’s the big deal? By selecting one of the available auto complete data sets, users can have their forms filled automatically. However, assuming Chrome or Opera has your personal data, a sneaky web site could very well use hidden forms to retrieve your email address, credit card numbers and so on.
Just let it die already.
Earlier this month, Google has announced that they will go an extra mile and support Windows XP for a longer period than the Microsoft itself.
Now, it looks like Mozilla will do the very same thing and continue supporting a decade old operating system. Why? Because there are still millions of XP users out there and both companies see value in providing users with the support that they need. And as long as users will get what they want, there will be little to no initiative to finally migrate to something else, like Windows 7.
Brings very little to the table.
If you’ve been expecting some major changes in the very first build of Opera 19, then you are up for quite a disappointment. Yesterday, Norwegian browser maker has announced the availability of Opera 19 Developer, which, besides known issues and some bug fixes, now includes an option for ‘Advanced Settings’.
What is it for? By navigating to opera:settings, you can now enable / disable hardware acceleration and ‘Disable tab bar’s top spacing when browser window is maximized’. That’s pretty much it, although Opera promised to bring more options in the future, so at least we have that.
Follows everyone else.
It looks like OS X Safari users will finally get a breath of fresh air. According to the latest post by Adobe, Flash Player is now sandboxed in the latest version of Safari running on OS X Mavericks.
As explained by Peleus Uhley, “Flash Player’s capabilities to read and write files will be limited to only those locations it needs to function properly. The sandbox also limits Flash Player’s local connections to device resources and inter-process communication (IPC) channels. Finally, the sandbox limits Flash Player’s networking privileges to prevent unnecessary connection capabilities.”