A few recent stories highlighted a bedrock of Defensive Computing - if you surf the web on a Windows computer, you are safer using Firefox as opposed to Internet Explorer.
On June 26th at ZDNet Ryan Naraine wrote about a new bug in Internet Explorer (Zero-day flaw haunts Internet Explorer) for which Microsoft has no fix/patch. A few days later, he documented how the bad guys were exploiting this bug (Exploit code released for unpatched IE 7 vulnerability). That story starts with "Another day, another gaping hole affecting fully patched versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser." … Read more
Recently I wrote about Flagfox, a simple Firefox extension that puts a flag in the corner of the browser window indicating the country where the website being viewed resides. Hovering the mouse over the flag displays the IP address (explanation below) of the website and clicking the flag brings up more details, including the city where the site is located.
This can be important because there are many ways to be tricked into thinking you are at, for example, a bank website, when you are really viewing a well-crafted, scam copy designed to steal personal information. Flagfox can go a … Read more
On Thursday, Opera released version 9.51. The new version fixes a few security vulnerabilities and resolves some stability issues. One of the fixes addresses an arbitrary code execution vulnerability that was not previously made public.
Meanwhile, Mozilla released Firefox 2.0.15 with a dozen security fixes, including a few remote-execution vulnerabilities.
Current Firefox 2 users should, however, upgrade to Firefox 3, which includes antimalware protection and other security features.
And that, my friends, is how we get you to listen all the way to the end. But in actual news of the day, a judge ordered Google to expose the viewing habits of millions of YouTube users. But it's OK, because only a few people will get to look at them. That's fine, right? Also, we freak out about privacy and identity theft, just in time for a study that acknowledges that consumers are freaking out about privacy and identity theft. Plus, the power of video compels you...to switch to broadband.Listen now: Download today's podcast … Read more
The de facto registrar of superlative achievements has credited Mozilla for officially setting a record for downloads in a 24-hour period: 8,002,530 copies of Firefox.
Mozilla's Download Day on June 17, whose server-crippling success delayed its official start, sought to popularize the open-source Web browser. Mozilla, which oversees the Firefox project, projected at the time that it cleared 8 million, but the number is now official.
"As the arbiter and recorder of the world's amazing facts, Guinness World Records is pleased to add Mozilla's achievement to our archives," Gareth Deaves, Guinness' records manager, … Read more
I first came across Faviconize through Seth Rosenblatt's CNET story highlighting 12 "must-have" Firefox extensions. My life has not been the same since.
Faviconize won't wash your socks or balance your checkbook. No, it does something much more basic: It frees up space in your tab list.
There are three sites that I spend a lot of time on: Zimbra (email), SugarCRM (CRM), and CNET (er, blogging). So, I've created three permanent places for them on my tab list. You can see them to the left of my open tabs. The rest come and go: … Read more
A big part of phishing scams and identity theft is fooling people into thinking they are on one website when they are actually somewhere else. The technical tricks to accomplish this include lookalike and phony domain names, zapping the hosts file, tricks with URLs and assorted attacks on DNS servers. What's a normal person to do?
Flagfox is an unobtrusive extension for the Firefox web browser that offers some assistance by placing a flag in the bottom right corner of the Firefox window. The flag (shown below) indicates the country where the website physically resides.
If you don't … Read more
The rotten corpse of the Microsoft-Yahoo merger has apparently reanimated itself and is wandering down Wall Street, munching on the brains of News Corp. and Time Warner, recruiting them to its unholy cause. Sigh. In other news, Microsoft has a new Office subscription service, Blockbuster decided Circuit City just isn't worth it, and we debunk the Texas PC repair hysteria that's sweeping the blogosphere. Listen now: Download today's podcastEPISODE 758
Microsoft seeks partners for new run at Yahoo http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121496732802022117.html http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9982741-7.html
Office subscription service ready to … Read more
One Slashdot user is blaming his ThinkPad for an inability to use Slashdot error-free. Dude, you should have got a Mac. It works flawlessly with Slashdot.
In fact, as an interesting sidenote, my Mac browsers (Firefox and, on occasion, Safari) work with an increasing array of websites. Yes, Firefox and Safari have always worked with 98 percent of websites, but I would occasionally stumble across one (like Delta.com's print-a-ticket page) that didn't work properly with one or the other. Those poorly designed pages seem to have grown up, or perhaps the browsers have been improving compatibility.
Either … Read more