Your web browser provides a window onto the Internet, but unless you are timely in updating the client you use then, say researchers with security vendor Kaspersky Lab,that window may be cracked and allow a draft of insecurity to blow through into your network, your computer and your data. ![firefoxversions](/attachments/small/0/firefoxversions.jpg "align-right") With the majority of online threats coming from the direction of the web, vulnerabilities in web browser clients are increasingly being used in order to infect networks and compromise data integrity. It's why the so called 'zero-day' exploits are so valuable within the cybercriminal community. While zero-days are hard, …

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Although the Opera web browser client is no longer the big 'little player' that it used to be having long since been eclipsed by the likes of Chrome and Firefox in the Internet Explorer alternatives stakes, it can still claim more than 300 million users and a place as world’s most popular browser for mobile phones. So when you learn that Opera Software, the company in Norway behind the Opera browser, has admitted that its internal network infrastructure has been hacked you have every right to be a little concerned. That concern may grow a bit when you discover that …

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The line ‘free crypto browser extension for Firefox’ contains six of my favorite words within its seven-word construction, which is not bad going. In case you were wondering, for is the word that doesn’t float my boat, although others such as complexity, ‘key management’ and PGP which usually rub me up the wrong way when talking about client side encryption are noticeably absent. That is because [URL="http://www.freenigma.com"]Freenigma [/URL]has no place for them in its lexicon. Simply put, it is a free extension offering encryption for your webmail account when accessed via the Firefox browser and which works with Gmail, Hotmail …

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Over the last couple of days the online media seems to have gone crazy for the news that the Google Chrome web browser client has overtaken Microsoft Internet Explorer to become the most popular browser on the planet. This based entirely upon the fact that, for a single week, and according to figures from the StatCounter service, Chrome reached a 32.76% share against the 31.94% share enjoyed by Internet Explorer. But does this really mean that Chrome is now the number one client, and should web developers be giving more design love to it than Internet Explorer as a result? …

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Microsoft has released YAIESA, or Yet Another Internet Explorer Security Advisory if you prefer. This time, [SA2757760](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2757760) warns about a new zero-day out there in the wild which impacts all users of Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions. It's the usual case of targeted attacks being spotted which could lead to the remote execution of malicious code if you happen to view an infected website. ![dweb-ie9rip](/attachments/small/0/dweb-ie9rip.jpg "align-right") Although users of Internet Explorer 10 are not affected according to Microsoft, which accounts for a tiny minority of IE users of course, this does amount to what I see as the final …

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If you're not yet among the percentage of the population people using Mozilla's Firefox browser, which by [url=http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp]one count[/url] stands at 47.5 percent, perhaps the anniversary of its launch will give you cause. Yesterday was Firefox's fifth birthday, and its market share with co-leader Internet Explorer by [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers]many counts[/url] continues to grow while Microsoft's continues to shrink. First released on Nov. 9, 2004, Firefox is now used by more than 330 million people worldwide, [url=http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/press/ataglance.html]according to Mozilla.org[/url], which itself reports Firefox market share at 24.7 percent, according to October 2009 numbers from netapplications .com, which researches market share. In fact, …

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Thought the days of having to use a particualr web browser client in order to use a specific site were over? Think again if this conversation between a user and eBay support is anything to go by. ![dweb-ebay](/attachments/small/0/dweb-ebay.jpg "align-right") As a journalist who has spent the largest part of the last 20 years online, not a great deal makes me sit up and my jaw drop with disbelief anymore. However, when a chap called Mike Hall copied me in on a support conversation he had with eBay, I have to admit I was rather in danger of spitting my coffee …

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Most of the reports out yesterday about the release of [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/ie8]Internet Explorer 8[/URL]Beta 2 focused on its so-calledInPrivate Browsing, which leaves no trace of the Web sites you visit and protects anonymity. And while that's certainly useful, developers are likely to be more interested in its improvements in DOM and HTML 4.01 cross-browser inconsistencies, new Ajax features and news that IE8 passes the [URL=http://acid2.acidtests.org/]Acid2 test[/URL] for accurate browser rendering. Microsoft on Wednesday made available for [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/]download the latest IE 8 beta[/URL], which it says includes fixes to "the get/set/remove Attribute,default attributes, Attribute object and the <Q> tag." The company also …

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Another day, another IE flaw! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Internet Explorer water (mainly as Microsoft told you it was after [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS10-002.mspx"]releasing[/URL] yet another [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/24364/1231/"]patch[/URL] to fix yet another vulnerability) comes the news that actually, would you believe it, but Internet Explorer still isn't safe. According to Jorge Luis Alvarez Medina, a security consultant at Core Security Technologies, who will reveal all at the Washington Black Hat conference next month the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/619750/new-internet-explorer-flaw-revealed"]Microsoft browser is at risk[/URL] to not one serious hole but rather a set of minor vulnerabilities that can linked together to …

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As the saying goes, a man (and presumably a woman) is known by the company he keeps. In fact, last [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story224479.html"]fall [/URL]some MIT students did a study where they demonstrated that they could tell someone's sexual orientation by the sexual orientation of their friends on Facebook and other social networking sites. Now it's going one step further: In [URL="http://oakland31.cs.virginia.edu/program.html"]May[/URL], at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in Oakland, Calif., students are presenting a [URL="http://www.iseclab.org/papers/sonda-TR.pdf"]paper [/URL]showing how they can determine someone's identity by the social networking groups to which they belong. Using a German social networking site called Xing, researchers …

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With the annual Pwn2Own hacking event due to kick off tomorrow, Mozilla has confirmed that Firefox 3.6 has an unpatched critical vulnerability. The fact that Pwn2Own competitors will not be able to exploit this vulnerability to claim the Firefox hacking prize will be of no interest to the millions of ordinary users who think they remain exposed and vulnerable until a patch arrives at the end of the month. But they could get protected right now if they wanted, and without changing browser clients as suggested by the German government. The vulnerability has already been patched by Mozilla developers, according …

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The MIX10 Microsoft Developer Conference is always good for a laugh or two, but just who was rolling on the floor after the IE9 preview code was revealed? Certainly Microsoft is deadly serious about Internet Explorer: The Next Generation. So serious that it has apparently created a new development team dedicated to the project which promises to be less a case of feature creep and more a matter of proving that it is truly committed to the whole IE browser brand in the face of stiff, and innovative, competition from both Mozilla and perhaps especially Google in the form of …

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Google has today launched a new Beta version of the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/03/22/google-chrome-stands-alone-at-pwn2own/"]Chrome browser[/URL], adding brand new privacy controls into the mix. You have to admit it's great timing, what with Microsoft this week making the 'browser ballot' screen available in European version of Windows giving users the option to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story253418.html"]switch from Internet Explorer[/URL] to an alternative browser, including Google Chrome right there on the main page of choices. Google promises to give users "even greater choice and control over their privacy" with the new release, in addition to the existing web footprint free Incognito mode that is. these privacy controls can …

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OK, this is a European story mainly but I do believe it'll be of value to the American readership here (which I assume is the majority). Basically thanks to pressure from the European Union, on Tuesday Microsoft made it clear to all European users that they could choose between web browsers rather than sticking with Internet Explorer. There have been a few comments. Some people have complained that some of the choices for alternatives are basically re-branded IE as [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8545237.stm"]this story from the BBC[/URL] explains. I was so perplexed at the thought of everyone thinking this was revolutionary that I …

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The 'So what...' award of the year has to go to Microsoft which has announced that as of this year they'll be able to choose which browser they use. According to reports on the [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8524019.stm"]BBC[/URL], they'll be able to download and upgrade/crossgrade to Firefox, Chrome, whatever they want. Well...duh. This has to be the most substance-free announcement I've ever seen. I'm sure Microsoft had to install an installer for the terminally dim or face further action - but I installed Firefox, Chrome and a load of alternatives a while ago. It's easy, you just download and install by going to …

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It doesn't take a search genius to go and find [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story253418.html"]plenty of reports[/URL] of how Internet Explorer is, how can I put this nicely, [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/11/22/ie-6-and-7-hit-by-hack-attack-code/"]not exactly the safest bet[/URL] if you are looking for the most secure browsing experience. Quite apart from anything else it has the biggest market share and so the bad guys will naturally focus their attention on trying to hit the product with the largest number of users. Just because Microsoft appears to not make this too hard for them to accomplish is by the by. There really can be no denying, on common sense grounds, …

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Here in the UK it is pantomime season. A peculiar form of traditional slapstick stage play that is performed during the Christmas season. In essence favourite tales such as Peter Pan, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk and Aladdin are retold with the lead boy played by a girl and an ugly woman played by a man. There are stock phrases such as ‘it’s behind you’ and ‘oh no it isn’t - oh yes it is’ which the audience yell at predefined moments, and all in all the event is regarded as a must see at this time of year. Why …

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Some Twitter postings just demand you read them two or three times to take in what is being said in 140 characters. One such posting was made today by Mozilla CEO John Lilly which simply said: "Firefox user growth has been amazing last 8 weeks or so. +30M or so unique monthlies" That's worth repeating, 30 million new users for Firefox in an 8 week period. Wow! Tristan Nitot, President of Mozilla Europe, confirmed the figures when [URL="http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,1000000097,39841085,00.htm?tag=mncol;txt"]speaking to ZDNet[/URL] in the UK. Nitot explains that it can calculate the number of users per month by multiplying the active daily …

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They say it ain't over until the fat lady sings, well it looks like this particular Opera story is far from over folks no matter what some might tell you. Perhaps the most famous Norwegian export since the Vikings, [URL="http://www.opera.com"]Opera[/URL] the web browser has certainly lost favour with the technology press. Once upon a time Opera was the big threat to Microsoft Internet Explorer, it was the only alternative browser client that anyone who was anyone would talk about. Then along came Mozilla Firefox and everything changed, pretty much overnight. Today, Opera struggles to get column inches ahead of even …

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Odd isn't it, how Microsoft kicked up a fuss when Google announced the Chrome plugin for Internet Explorer on the grounds that it could make the browser more insecure. Indeed, it went as far as to suggest that it doubled the potential surface area for malware and scripted attacks. Yet, amazingly, Microsoft sees no such problem with installing a plugin into the Firefox browser. What's more it is installed without asking the permission of the user and, he says with more than a hint of irony, it left Firefox vulnerable to a drive-by exploit. This is nothing new, as those …

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Remember when a web browser was so much more than just a web browser? It seems that the days of the all-you-can-eat Internet suite are back as the SeaMonkey 2.0 [URL="http://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/2.0rc1"]release code[/URL] is made available to download. There was a time when Netscape ruled the online world, but you have to be something of an Internet veteran to remember it to be honest. Back in the day, and that would be 1997 if my memory serves me well, Netscape Communicator was the only browser in town but it wasn't only a browser. You got email in the form of Netscape …

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It is either a clever bit of strategy or a shambolic u-turn depending upon your view of the company, but Microsoft has now formally abandoned plans to sell the controversial Windows 7 E edition in Europe. Windows 7 E was going to be the special edition, for [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1655.html"]European customers[/URL] only, which would come without the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4152.html"]Internet Explorer 8 browser[/URL] client. A response that was aimed at preventing the European Union from throwing yet more charges of anti-competitiveness in the direction of Microsoft, along with the potential of fines reaching into the billions of dollars for good measure. According to the …

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OK, so Firefox 3.5 is out and looking good but why should Opera care? After all, the alternative web browser from years back has long since lost that title to Firefox, at least as far as the desktop is concerned. But what about in the mobile market? Opera has been [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3583.html"]making real progress[/URL] in penetrating the mobile device embedded browser market. It isn't Firefox 3.5 which should be worrying Opera but rather another Mozilla release: [URL="http://www.mozilla.org/projects/fennec/1.0a2-wm/releasenotes/"]Fennec[/URL]. The Mozilla mobile browser has been released in Alpha form for Windows Mobile, as well as a Beta for Maemo (Nokia's software and development …

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Now here's a thing. The web browser [URL="http://www.opera.com"]Opera[/URL] is coming out in a new version, Opera Unite, and it's going to let you host all the music, photos and social media you want. On your own computer. Here's the [URL="http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKTRE55F1EI20090616?feedType=nl&feedName=uktechnology"]Reuters report[/URL]. Initially I can see this will look like a good idea. In the right (as in 'competent') hands it'll probably remain a good idea. The unfortunate bit is that people like me are going to be able to get hold of it. Now, I don't want to underrate or undersell my abilities or the skills of my fellow bloggers …

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Well that didn't take long. No sooner had Microsoft officially launched [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2606.html"]Internet Explorer 8[/URL] to the waiting masses and talked up how new security features will ensure hackers will find it more difficult to exploit the new browser that guess what? Yep, a hacker exploits the new browser. During his keynote speech at the Las Vegas MIX 09 conference, Dean Hachamovitch, the Microsoft Internet Explorer head honcho, made much about how IE8 had been specifically engineered in order to better withstand the type of evolving attacks methods that the hackers of today like to employ. He even went as far …

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Microsoft is tweaking the number of features that can be turned off in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3766.html"]Windows 7[/URL], with the latest beta build adding [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2606.html"]Internet Explorer 8[/URL] to the killswitch list according Microsoft Product Manager, Jack Mayo. In the official Microsoft Windows Engineering Blog, Mayo [URL="http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/03/06/beta-to-rc-changes-turning-windows-features-on-or-off.aspx"]says[/URL] "If a feature is deselected, it is not available for use. This means the files (binaries and data) are not loaded by the operating system (for security-conscious customers) and not available to users on the computer." However it is important to note that the files are actually just staged, meaning the feature that has been killed can …

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With much fanfare Sun announced its new JavaFX platform yesterday, but curiously [URL="http://channelsun.sun.com/video/javafx -- do more!/3856260001"]in a video introducing the platform[/URL], Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, made the browser the enemy of content owners, and set up JavaFX as the platform to give developers and content owners direct access to users. I'm not sure I agree with his basic premise. [B]What's So Bad About a Browser?[/B] In his presentation, Schwartz said that the browser developers themselves have become competitors with the web developers and content owners, competing for revenue and attention. "It's been our experience in talking to content owners and …

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An alpha version of [URL="http://www.opera.com/browser/next/"]Opera 10[/URL], the latest in a long line of web browser clients from the Norwegian-based developers, has been made available to download. Anyone remember Opera? It used to be the next big thing, until the next big thing came along in the shape of Firefox that is. Opera did turn its attention, briefly, to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1884.html"]throwing rocks at Microsoft[/URL] but those attempts to claim unfair treatment seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Deaf ears could also describe the powers that be at Apple, who have decided that the one area where Opera does do well, in …

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Hands up if you remember Opera Software, you know the Norway-based developer of alternative web browser clients. In the days before Firefox, Opera was the client most likely to shake up Microsoft and for a while seemed to be doing pretty well in that regard. Then Firefox came along and rained on the Opera parade. Some people all but wrote the Norwegians off, but while grabbing a decent slice of the desktop browser market may now be a distant dream there are other areas where Opera is no fantasy. Mainly in mobiles. Indeed, Opera Mini has become something of an …

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A Firefox developer has [URL="http://ehsanakhgari.org/blog/2008-11-04/dont-leave-trace-private-browsing-firefox"]revealed[/URL] that pre-release versions of Firefox 3.1 have been updated with a new feature. Officially called 'Private Browsing' it will be more familiar to many as the much talked about Porn Mode that [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20303/53/"]caused such controversy[/URL] when Microsoft announced it was being included within the forthcoming IE8 browser. I am not at all surprised to discover that Firefox 3.1, AKA [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20480/53/"]Firefox Shiretoko[/URL], is adding this functionality as one of the things that I have always liked about the Mozilla browsing experience is the control over user privacy that it provides. Indeed, you might ask in the …

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The End.