Security

New Ad Blocking coming to Chrome and Safari

The New Chrome and Safari Will Reshape the Web – WIRED www.wired.com Apple and Google are cracking down on obnoxious online ads. And they just might change the way the web works in the process. Last week Google confirmed that Chrome … Came across this article today while doing some research on claims that some websites will deny you access if your using the browser’s ‘reader mode’. There are already many sites that will block you if you are using an AdBlocker type of extension. There are even some that will not allow you to access the site if you…

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Firefox 48: first Rust component onboard

“… Firefox 48 will be the first version of Firefox that ships with a Rust component. The component in question is a media parser written in Rust. That may not sound too exciting at first, but considering that media playback code is a primary attack vector on desktop and mobile systems alike, it is of significance. …” Source: gHacks Tech NewsDetails  Firefox 48: first Rust component onboard

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Turn Firefox into a Security Information Powerhouse

“The majority of things that happen when you load a website in your browser of choice happen in the background. Unless you have installed security extensions in the browser or software on the system, you may be completely unaware of the connections that are initiated when a page is loaded in the browser.“While you can check that manually using the browser’s developer tools (hit F12 and switch to network for that), it is only displaying information to you while the page is loading.“The Firefox web browser is probably the browser with the best selection of extensions that provide you with…

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Firejail – A Security Sandbox for Mozilla Firefox, Part 2

“In part 2 of this series, we look at some new browser sandboxing developments in Firejail security sandbox. Since the first article was published, many new features have been added. Unlike other sandboxes, the main focus of Firejail project is GUI application sandboxing, with web browsers being, at least for the immediate future, the main target. …” Source: l3net – a layer 3 networking blog Details 

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Tinfoil for Firefox provides easy access to advanced privacy preferences

“While you can make privacy related configuration changes in the Firefox options, many advanced options become only available when you load about:config or install add-ons that provide you with frontend access to those settings.“You can check out our list of best privacy add-ons for Firefox which gives you an overview of good extensions for that purpose.“Tinfoil is a brand new extension for Firefox that makes quite a few privacy related preferences available in its options. … “ Source: gHacks Tech News More 

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Be careful with extensions…

Browsers extensions are great as they enhance the usability and your experience with your browser. However, there are some extensions out there that will actually do the opposite. This seems to be a bigger problem for Chrome but there are a couple known ‘spying’ extensions in Firefox. These ‘evil’ extensions may track you or as in the case with Scott Hanselman inject ads into sites you are viewing. My perspective on JavaScript-based browser extensions has been far too naïve until this point. We were all burned by bad toolbars or evil ActiveX add-ons in the past, so when I run IE I run it with…

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Firefox 32.0.3 Released

Mozilla release an emergency update for Firefox 32.0 on September 24th, 2014 with Firefox 32.0.3. This release addressed these issues: MFSA 2014-73: RSA Signature Forgery in NSS Please see the release notes for full details. Depending on update settings, users will be prompted to update to version 32.0.3 or can do so via Help > About Firefox or going to getfirefox.com where they can download and manually install the latest version of Firefox. The next planned release will be Firefox 33 on October 14, 2014.

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Now, for whatever reason I have not seen any reference to this new feature (or annoyance as Mozilla makes it rather difficult to allow the download if you understand the risks) in the Firefox 32.x release notes. From the Mozilla Security Blog: Until recently, we only had access to lists of reported malicious web sites, now the Safe Browsing service monitors malicious downloaded files too. The latest version of Firefox (as of July 22) will protect you from more malware by comparing files you download against these lists of malicious files, and blocking them from infecting your system. The next version of Firefox…

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Firefox 32.0.1 Released

Mozilla release an emergency update for Firefox 32.0 on September 12th, 2014 with Firefox 32.0.1. This release addressed these bugs: Stability issues for computers with multiple graphics cards Mixed content icon may be incorrectly displayed instead of lock icon for SSL sites WebRTC: setRemoteDescription() silently fails if no success callback is specified Please see the release notes for full details. Depending on update settings, users will be prompted to update to version 32.0.1 or can do so via Help > About Firefox or going to getfirefox.com where they can download and manually install the latest version of Firefox. The next planned release will…

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Firefox 30 Released

Mozilla release the next update for Firefox with Firefox 30.0 on June 10th, 2014. This update includes a couple new features: Sidebars button in browser chrome enables faster access to social, bookmark, & history sidebars Mac OS X command-E sets find term to selected text There were several fixes included in this update and those can be found in the Release Notes. Depending on update settings, users will be prompted to update to version 30 or can do so via Help > About Firefox or going to getfirefox.com where they can download and manually install the latest version of Firefox. The…

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