Apache HTTP Server, a software that is widely used by more than 600 million web sites (that’s about 60% percent of the http client market share), has recently issued a patch, which overrides Internet Explorer’s DNT setting.
What does it mean? It means that the majority of all the web sites will ignore the Do Not Track setting by default.
The patch’s author, Adobe employee Roy T. Fielding, has said the following:
Following the release of the Safari 6 web browser, which targets only Apple’s own operating system, the browser ballot screen has been updated as well.
As it turns out, Maxthon has since replaced Safari and now appears in the top 5 list.
On a related note, Windows 8 browser ballot screen has just arrived via Windows Update.
Fix what’s broken.
Just yesterday, I have encountered a strange issue with the release preview version of the Internet Explorer 10. For some strange reason, it won’t copy or paste data from or to the web site.
Thankfully, I have found a cause and a simple way to fix that.
Phishing by the data URI.
According to a report from TheRegister, Henning Klevjer, a student from Norway, has modified a somewhat old phishing technique (documented by Billy Rios and Nathan McFeters), which allows phishers to hide the entire malicious web page and transform it into a clickable link.
After announcing that the final build of the Opera 12.02 web browser will disable the out of process plugins by default, it looks like folks from Norway decided to implement the very same “feature” for the 12.50 builds too.
According to the recent blog post, the latest Opera pre-alpha snapshot does just that and while it remains to be seen whether or not the final build of Opera 12.50 will still have OOPP disabled, one of the developers said, “It will be re-enabled when it is of sufficient quality disregarding version.”
Food for thought.
As promised last month, here comes a new segment and this time it’s for the mobile web browsers only.
Starting with the leader in the pack, Apple’s Safari continues its trend to the 70% mark, thanks to the iPhone and iPad sales, up from 66.22% to 66.43% (0.21 point increase).
August, 2012 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Safari – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera – Down
As the summer passes by, it’s time to find out, how exactly did your favorite web browser perform in the month of August.
Starting with the Internet Explorer, we resume the long and unsurprising downtrend, down from 53.93% to 53.60% (0.33 point decrease).