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Microsoft is giving Internet Explorer and Project Spartan browser users a heads up that in future releases, the Do Not Track feature will no longer be enabled by default. On the surface (no pun intended), Microsoft's reasoning for the change is that enabling the privacy feature by default only encourages websites to ignore the setting and use tracking cookies anyway.It's not such an odd leap of logic, and it's one that the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3) agrees with. As WC3 explains, sending a signal to disable tracking "MUST reflect the user's preference, not the choice of some vendor, institution,... Read more...
Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a huge advantage in the browser wars because it ships with every copy of Windows, which is why the European Union forced the software maker to offer a so-called browser ballot on new Windows PCs. What's interesting, however, is that even though IE is usually the default option on most workplace computers, the influx of alternative devices such as smartphones and tablets is leading to more browser diversity, according to recent research by Forrester. According to Forrester, IE claims a 40.2 percent share of the browser market, trumping Google Chrome at 27.8 percent... Read more...
Another month is in the books, and once again, Internet Explorer is the browser to beat, in terms of market share. IE closed out October with a majority share of 54.13 percent, well ahead of Firefox at 19.99 percent and Chrome at 18.55 percent, but a closer look at the numbers reveals some interesting trends. For one, IE increased its install base for the second consecutive month, and is up by exactly 1.5 percentage points compared to October 2011. So not only is IE still on top, but it's managed to climb higher since a year ago. That's bad news for Firefox, which dropped below 20 percent for the... Read more...
This news story comes straight from the "We couldn't make this up" file. It's a well known fact that banks offer different interest rates to different customers depending on the applicant's credit history, credit rating, and annual income. Somewhere along the line, one's choice of browser was apparently slipped into the mix. Would-be borrowers who visit Capital One's auto loan calculator are presented with a range of rates; we've got the screenshots below to prove it. That's Firefox 3.6.12 on the upper left, Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18943 on the upper right. Chrome 7.0.517.41 is lower left, Opera... Read more...
The current crop of web browsers are total crap. Let me explain...Today's web browsers seem to be still mired in the Internet of five years ago. Back then, the browser wars were in full swing, and different browsers tried to lock you into their view of the Internet universe. Today's web is a multifaceted content multiverse. Yet despite common features like tabbed browsing, today's browsers still try to lock you in. Some sites are only viewable in Internet Explorer. Firefox locks you in with the vast array of cool plugins. Google Chrome grabs you with its integration into the Googleverse, particularly... Read more...
The current crop of web browsers are total crap.  Let me explain...Today's web browsers seem to be still mired in the Internet of five years ago. Back then, the browser wars were in full swing, and different browsers tried to lock you into their view of the Internet universe. Today's web is a multifaceted content multiverse. Yet despite common features like tabbed browsing, today's browsers still try to lock you in. Some sites are only viewable in Internet Explorer. Firefox locks you in with the vast array of cool plugins. Google Chrome grabs you with its integration into the Googleverse,... Read more...
On the heels of the phishing attacks on Twitter and Digg, where all that immediately seemed to be at risk were logon credentials to the social sites, comes a potentially much more insidious problem.Security vendor Trusteer has found a JavaScript bug in all major browsers makes it easier for crooks to steal your login information while you're doing your online banking. It's called "in-session phishing," and what makes it more difficult to detect is that it happens when you're already logged into your banking site. The crooks can hack legitimate websites to create a pop-up window to verify your identity... Read more...
A recent discovery of an exploit of the MD5 algorithm used to check the validity of Secure Sockets Layer SSL certificates (The little lock icon on the bottom right of your browser) may put to question whether your online transaction is in fact valid and secure.CNET reports that an international team of researchers will announce this today.They plan to demonstrate how to forge security certificates used by secure Web sites, a process that would allow a sufficiently sophisticated criminal to fool the built-in verification methods used by all modern Web browsers--without the user being alerted that... Read more...
It appears as if Internet Explorer isn’t the only browser that’s been hit by bugs and security flaws lately. Mozilla and Opera have also released patches and updates for their respective browsers. In addition to updates for its popular Firefox browser, Mozilla recently released updates to its Thunderbird e-mail client and its SeaMonkey application suite. All of these updates are designed to address highly critical security flaws that could expose users' sensitive information. The vulnerabilities apply to earlier versions of Firefox 3, as well as in versions of Firefox 2. One of the most serious... Read more...
All of the three major browsers are given away free to anyone that will take them. But that doesn't make the the competition among them any less ferocious; just the opposite, really. Microsoft's Internet Explorer enjoys about a 75 percent share of users, Mozilla's Firefox 18 percent, and Apple's Safari has 5 percent. Mozilla and Microsoft are battling one another by offering newer versions of their browsers, out in beta now, and Apple is trying to gain market share by surreptitiously bundling Safari with automatic updates for its iTunes music player. Why fight over free stuff? Because many feel... Read more...
Using an old browser?  If you're planning to use PayPal, you might consider updating.PayPal, one of the brands most spoofed in phishing attacks, is working on a plan to block its users from making transactions from Web browsers that don't provide anti-phishing protection.The eBay-owned company, which runs a Web-based payment system that allows the transfer of funds between bank accounts and credit cards, said browsers that do not have support for blocking identity theft-related Web sites or for EV SSL (Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer) certificates are considered "unsafe" for financial... Read more...