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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

Mozilla has released version 54 of its Firefox browser and in so doing delivered long-promised sandboxing technology. Firefox has been pondering multiple processes for different tabs since 2009 and named its effort Project Electrolysis in 2015 before introducing the technology to Firefox 48 in August 2016. The organisation has …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2017
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Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

ISPs in the US have regained to power to snoop on your internet browsing and sell the results to the highest bidder. Congress has passed news rules under President Donald Trump rolling back earlier restrictions on internet service providers - Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and so on - from selling or otherwise sharing your web browsing …
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Azure Portal rejects Firefox after certificate revocation SNAFU

Microsoft's Azure Portal has become hostile to some clients, especially the Firefox browser. The issue emerged at around 0900 GMT on Monday and meant that Firefox-wielding Azure users who wanted to manage their cloudy stuff with their preferred browser couldn't do so. 14 hours into the incident and Microsoft's status page now …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2017

Google starts enterprise support for Chrome, including top SaaS apps

Google is trying to give businesses a reason to ditch Internet Explorer by giving sysadmins a new set of tools for mass deployment of its own Chrome browser. The new “Chrome enterprise bundle” offers an MSI installer and ADMX templates that let sysadmins apply policies determined in Microsoft's Group Policy Object Editor. The …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017

Hi! I’m Foxy! It looks like you want to run Flash. Do you need help?

Developers of the Mozilla's Firefox Web Browser have indicated that version 55, due in August 2017, will be openly hostile to Adobe's Flash plugin. “As part of the ongoing NPAPI plug-in deprecation in Firefox, Flash content is now defaulted to click-to-activate in Firefox Nightly,” the developers write, adding that . “The …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2017
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Chrome on Windows has credential theft bug

Google's Chrome team is working to fix a credential theft bug that strikes if the browser is running on Microsoft Windows. The bug is exploited if a user is tricked into clicking a link that downloads a Windows .scf file (the ancient Shell Command File format, a shortcut to Show Desktop since Windows 98). This exploits two …
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Oh, great: There's a new Same Origin Policy exploit for Edge

Edge nemesis, security tester Manuel Caballero from Buenos Aires, has popped the browser again, getting around its Same Origin Policy to steal stored credentials. Over at his Broken Browser blog, Caballero explains that an attacker can fake their originator for a referrer spoof, and “thanks to the existence of data-uris and …

Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Microsoft's Edge browser is the subject of an amusing new bug report, alleging it somehow manages to screw up printing strings of numbers. The report on Microsoft's developer portal describes the issue where PDF files printed through Edge will display numbers and text incorrectly when exported. "Edge displays PDF correctly …
Shaun Nichols, 5 May 2017

Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

After Tuesday's big launch of Windows 10 S, it emerged the software will force people to use Edge and Bing. How can that be? The supposedly streamlined operating system aimed at kids and their teachers will only run apps from Microsoft's official Windows 10 S software store. Right now, there are no third-party browsers …
Iain Thomson, 4 May 2017
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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

May's nearly here, and you know what that means. Yet another round of monthly browser stats articles. If past trends are an indication of future development, we'll see the continued loss of market share by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the rise and rise of Google’s Chrome. I’m old enough to remember the browser wars of the …
Dave Cartwright, 26 Apr 2017
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Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from JS Fetch requests

Updated An independent researcher claims to have uncovered a security flaw in Microsoft Edge. The issue enables any website to identify someone by their username from another website, according to Ariel Zelivansky. More specifically the bod alleges that Edge exposes the URL of any JavaScript Fetch response, in contradiction to the …
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2017
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Mozilla abandons experimental Aurora Firefox channel

Mozilla is killing the channel it introduced for developers to test experimental new features in Firefox and keep pace with Chrome. The Aurora channel will stop receiving new code releases from 18 April, Mozilla has said. New code will revert to the established Firefox Nightly builds from where it will land in beta builds of …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2017

Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

The recent explosion in people installing ad blockers for their browsers may have an ironic side effect: identifying them to advertisers. French researchers digging into online privacy issues have built on a 2010 study by the EFF that used people's browser configurations to identify individuals. The researchers account for the …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Apr 2017
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More fun in the sandbox: Experts praise security improvements to Edge

Security watchers have reacted positively to recently announced improvements to Microsoft's Edge browser, which had earned an unenviable reputation for easy pwnage. Redmond is reducing its exposure to malicious exploits by improving Edge's sandboxing technology. Further features have been added to existing technologies like …
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2017
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Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

Open source insider Mozilla has been rolling out a major change to Firefox during the last year, the results of what the company calls its Electrolysis project. Electrolysis gives Firefox something Chrome has had for years now – multiple processes (in the best case scenario that's per tab). The change is a boon for speed – somewhere Firefox has …
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Microsoft IE11 update foxes Telerik dialogue boxes

Microsoft’s March Windows 10 Update has claimed a new victim: Windows dialogue boxes built using Telerik objects. Telerik has received “numerous reports” of Microsoft’s IE update breaking RadWindow and RadListBox, according to an email to users seen by The Reg. This followed the release by Microsoft of its March update last …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2017
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Mozilla makes first-ever acquisition: Web-clipping app 'Pocket'

Mozilla has acquired Read It Later, Inc. the developer of a web clipping app called “Pocket”. Pocket lets you bookmark content from the web and then syncs it to make it accessible on all manner of devices, even when they are offline. The service can pull off this trick for text,images and video. Read It Later, Inc. claims 22 …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2017
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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

Opinion The Mozilla Foundation has recently announced that it will refocus its development efforts on Firefox. Again. I know what you're thinking, what the heck else does Mozilla have to focus on? Well, you'd be hard pressed to find any evidence of it, but the company has been concentrating on building Firefox OS, which was supposed …

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