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  • It's not just your browser: Your machine can be fingerprinted easily

    01/12/2017 7:17:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | 1/13/16 | Richard Chirgwin
    It just got a lot harder to evade browser fingerprinting: a bunch of boffins have worked out how to fingerprint the machine behind the browser, using only information provided by browser features.Like so many ideas, it's obvious once someone's thought of it: activities that aren't processed in the browser are treated the same whether the page is rendered in (say) Chrome, Firefox, IE or Edge. The group – Yinzhi Cao and Song Li of from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and Erik Wijmans Washington University in St. Louis – have worked out how to access various operating system and hardware-level features...
  • Brave Browser (Vanity)

    09/30/2016 4:38:21 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 34 replies
    9/30/16 | RetiredTexasVet
    Started using the "Brave" browser today after downloading and setting it up last night. Browser was written by the programmer who wrote Firefox but who was later forced out at Mozilla by the queers, freaks and perverts for supporting traditional marriage. Browser blocks all ads and popups which makes browsing quick and efficient again. Not a lot of instructions but most of the setup mirrors Firefox or is intuitive. Can be obtained free from WWW.Brave.com
  • Maxthon Browser Sends Sensitive Data to China (!)

    07/14/2016 9:33:55 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    SecurityWeek ^ | July 14, 2016 | Eduard Kovacs
    ... Developed by China-based Maxthon International, the browser is available for all major platforms in more than 50 languages. In 2013, after the NSA surveillance scandal broke, the company boasted about its focus on privacy and security, and the use of strong encryption. Researchers at Fidelis Cybersecurity and Poland-based Exatel recently found that Maxthon regularly sends a file named ueipdata.zip to a server in Beijing, China, via HTTP. Further analysis revealed that ueipdata.zip contains an encrypted file named dat.txt. This file stores information on the operating system, CPU, ad blocker status, homepage URL, websites visited by the user (including online...
  • Chrome Bug Makes It Easy to Download Movies From Netflix and Amazon Prime

    06/24/2016 7:39:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Today 10:51am (24 June 2016) | Michael Nunez
    For the past decade, Hollywood’s battle against online pirates has been mainly been focused on leaked DVD screeners and illegal streaming sites. Now a pair of security researchers say they’ve discovered a vulnerability in the Google Chrome browser that allows people to save illegal copies of movies from streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime. The vulnerability, first reported by Wired, takes advantage of the Widevine EME/CDM technology that Chrome uses to stream encrypted video from content providers. Researchers David Livshits from the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University and Alexandra Mikityuk of Telekom Innovation Laboratories discovered a way...
  • The best 8 secure browsers 2016

    03/08/2016 6:10:51 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    TechWorld ^ | 25 February 2016 | John E Dunn
    Browse the web with privacy and security with these best secure browsers. Protect your privacy online with the eight best secure browsers you can use in 2016.What does the idea of a secure browser mean in 2016? The world is now more complex than it was in 2010 when we last looked at the contenders. People are more oriented to mobile devices running under very different conditions while a range of security features such as URL filtering, download protection and do not track have transformed mainstream desktop browsers such as Chrome, IE and Firefox. In a sense all browsers could...
  • Comodo 'secure' web browser turns off web security

    02/03/2016 7:34:51 PM PST · by Utilizer · 13 replies
    iTnews ^ | Feb 3 2016 6:30PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Google has called out prominent digital certificates and security vendor Comodo for disabling web security with its web browser, putting users at risk of having their systems compromised by attackers. Comodo markets several web browsers, aimed at boosting security, speed and privacy. The company also offers other security software such as firewalls and anti-virus utilities. Google's Project Zero researchers found the Chromodo web browser, installed as part of the Comodo Internet Security suite and based on the open source Chromium software, dsiables the same-origin policy. Same-origin policy is a cornerstone in web security that stops code on untrusted web sites...
  • LastPass mitigates creds-stealing phishing attack

    01/19/2016 6:51:35 PM PST · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 20 2016 8:59AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Popular credentials manager LastPass has taken steps to counter a "very simple" phishing attack that could see users' passwords, email addresses and two-factor authentication tokens stolen. Researcher Sean Cassidy posted proof of a successful phishing attack using a faked LastPass notification in a web browser earlier this month, following a presentation at hacker conference Schmoocon. By setting up a malicious website that displays notifications telling users their LastPass sessions have expired, Cassidy was able to create a page that lured people into entering their credentials for the password manager. The researcher called the attack LostPass. A successful capture of user...
  • Leaked NSA Documents Reveal How To Hide From The NSA

    01/01/2015 12:14:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 1/01/15 | Damon Beres
    If you want a truly anonymous life, then maybe it's time you learned about Tor, CSpace and ZRTP. These three technologies could help people hide their activities from the National Security Agency, according to NSA documents newly obtained from the archive of former contractor Edward Snowden by the German magazine Der Spiegel. The combination of Tor, CSpace and ZRTP (plus another anonymizing technology for good measure) results in levels of protection that the NSA deems "catastrophic" -- meaning the organization has "near-total loss/lack of insight to target communications," according to Der Spiegel. "Although the documents are around two years old,...
  • Need computer help with FireFox Version 34

    12/02/2014 3:33:33 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 70 replies
    self
    I am using WIN 8.1 OS and yesterday the latest version of Firefox was updated on to my computer. I can't access the browser as when I open it, the page is blank and I get the "page is not responding." According to my computer, it is telling me that this latest browser is NOT compatible with OS 8.1. I am unable to go back to an earlier version of Firefox. Any advice would be most appreciated!
  • VANITY: PaleMoon

    09/09/2014 2:19:46 PM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 43 replies
    Interwebz ^ | 09SEP2014 | Cletus
    What are pro&con of using PaleMoon?
  • Ditch Firefox and go to any other browser.

    04/05/2014 7:08:16 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 156 replies
    As long as Firefox/Mozilla is willing to can their conservative CEO...shouldn't we cast our vote by canning Firefox/Mozilla.
  • [Tech] Character-based web browsers

    04/05/2014 1:36:00 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 37 replies
    +1396728992 UTC | class C { public: C() {} }
    With the news about the Mozilla Foundation and the desire of many FReepers to drop the Firefox browser, there are some viable (IMHO) alternatives, both of which are character-based:Links is text WWW browser with tables and frames. It runs on Linux, Unix, OS/2 and Windows. Lynx is a text browser for the World Wide Web. Lynx 2.8.7 runs on Un*x, MacOS, VMS, Windows 95/98/NT, DOS386+ (but not 3.1, 3.11), as well as OS/2 EMX.
  • Locking up 'secure' browsers?

    09/20/2013 5:51:21 PM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 64 replies
    self | 20 sept 2013 | self
    Anyone having trouble using 'secure' web browsers? I have been using Ixqick for some time now, hoping to by-pass snooping and tracking. (As an old great-granny, I'm not 'up to much the gov't should be interested in, except of curse being a conservative - high on 'enemies of the state' list, I guess.) However, I'm a stubborn old crone and don't want to think about someone leering over my shoulder every time I email a grandkid or whatever. It's MY DAMN business. I was raised when America was America. So - For about a week, when I tried to bring...
  • Fail: Chrome, Firefox, and IE all crack during hacking competition

    03/11/2013 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/11/13 | Meghan Kelly
    Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox all fell to the mercy of the hackers Thursday. That is, in a controlled environment. Security firms Vupen and MWR Labs were able to crack the browsers during a condoned bug-hunt, with one company winning $100,000 for finding a huge hole. The Pwn2Own competition is an event at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver. The competition was created by HP’s DVLabs as part of its Zero Day Initiative: an attempt to get more people to find and report bugs as opposed to exploiting them for personal gains.
  • Pwn2Own: Down go all the browsers

    03/08/2013 7:25:20 AM PST · by illiac · 25 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 3/8/13 | Steven J Vaughn-Nichols
    Summary: In the first day of the Pwn2Own cracking contest, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10, Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox web browsers have all gone down in flames. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Networking | March 7, 2013 -- 18:20 GMT (10:20 PST) In the eternal war between crackers and security professionals, the hackers have won the latest battle. ZDI_Twitter_AvatarIn ZDI's Pwn2Own hacker competition one browser after another fell. At the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, Canada, the HP Zero Day Initiative's (ZDI) annual Pwn2Own competition has ended its first day of competition and Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) 10,...
  • 'Tinba' Bank Trojan Burrows into Browsers to Steal Logins

    06/04/2012 8:25:11 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    PC World ^ | June 3, 2012 | John E. Dunn
    Researchers have spotted a new banking Trojan subbed 'Tinba' that appears to have hit on a simple tactic for evading security - be as small as possible. An astonishing 20KB in size, Tinba ('Tiny Banker') retains enough sophistication to match almost anything that can be done by much larger malware types. Its main purpose is to burrow into browsers in order to steal logins, but it can also use 'obfuscated' (i.e disguised) web injection and man-in-the-browser to attempt to finesse two-factor web authentication systems. A particularly interesting feature is the way it tries to evade resident security, injecting itself into...
  • Firefox 5 Benchmarked – Faster And Better Than Ever Before!

    06/22/2011 6:26:22 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 75 replies
    digitizor ^ | 21 June 2011 | Ricky
    Officially, Firefox 5 is scheduled for release tomorrow. However, users of the beta channel have already got their hands on it. One of the promises for Firefox 5 is better performance. We took tested Firefox 5 and benchmarked it against two other browsers - Google Chrome and Opera. We used the latest version of Google Chrome from the beta channel and the latest stable version of Opera - Opera 11.11. SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark The SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark is a test for the JavaScript engine of the browser. In this benchmark, lower scores (time) means better performance. In our earlier benchmarks,...
  • Devious ‘Tabnapping’ Attack Hijacks Browser Tabs

    05/25/2010 12:19:17 PM PDT · by Gomez · 25 replies · 898+ views
    Traditional phishing attacks are reasonably easy to avoid, just don’t click links in suspicious e-mails (or, for the really paranoid, any e-mail). But Firefox Creative Lead Aza Raskin has found a far more devious way to launch an attack — by hijacking your unattended browser tabs. The attack works by first detecting that the tab the page is in does not have focus. Then the attacking script can change the tab favicon and title before loading a new site, say a fake version of Gmail, in the background. Even scarier, the attack can parse through your history to find sites...
  • Firefox/Chrome Users: Get FR Tree View for Nested Threads on FR!

    04/09/2010 7:15:31 AM PDT · by Dan Nunn · 115 replies · 2,125+ views
    Some of you may know about this gem, but I want to make sure every Firefox and Chrome user knows about the beauty of FR Tree View. I'm not taking credit for it, I don't know which FReeper wrote the software. But it's amazing! It makes following long, nested threads much easier. See a screen shot here: Click to enlarge
  • One Way to Fix Freezing by Firefox 3.6

    03/25/2010 12:56:50 PM PDT · by your local physicist · 10 replies · 693+ views
    3/25/10 | your local physicist
    If you're having trouble with Firefox 3.6 freezing up while you're trying to scroll down through a webpage, try going to the Firefox help page and update your Quicktime plug-in software to the latest version. That update fixed the problem for me. EOM