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Chrome update kills unwanted ad redir... WIN A FREE iPad!!

Chrome will begin blocking some redirect links in an effort to crack down on particularly annoying web ads. Google says that, starting with the Chrome 64 build, its browser will no longer automatically execute redirect links that are embedded in iframe code. This, the Chocolate Factory hopes, will help stop ads that redirect …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Nov 2017
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Firefox bares teeth, attacks sites that collect personal data

Shoddy sites will have fewer places to hide with Firefox joining Chrome in badging cleartext sites that collect personal information as insecure. Mozilla's labels won't be as prominent as Google's, introduced this year, which places the red letter label in the address bar. Firefox will instead tuck its warning in the same spot …
Darren Pauli, 25 Jan 2017
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Eating Brotli will improve Edge's inner health says Microsoft

Microsoft's announced it will adopt the Brotli compression algorithm that Google open-sourced last year in future versions of its Edge browser. Google gave Brotli to the world in September 2015, pointing out that it is compatible with the venerable “Deflate” algorithm but also offers a compression ratio somewhere between 20 …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Firefox to give all extensions their own process in January

The Mozilla Foundation has outlined plans to add more multi-process features to its Firefox browser. Firefox has had limited multi-process capabilities since version 48, when they were added to enhance security and stability. This is basically a sandboxing play: Firefox's developers feel that if the core browser, each tab and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016

Microsoft Edge's malware alerts can be faked, researcher says

Technical support scammers have new bait with the discovery that Microsoft's Edge browser can be abused to display native and legitimate-looking warning messages. The flaws exist in Microsoft's Edge protocols ms-appx: and ms-appx-web: which the browser uses to present warning messages when phishing or malware delivery sites …
Darren Pauli, 12 Dec 2016

Firefox hits version 50

The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox web browser has hit version 50.0 on Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android. Firefox debuted in November 2004 and has sometimes pushed its market share above 30 per cent. These days it's the world's second-most popular browser, with its 13.29 per cent market share according to StatCounter. Version …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2016

WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla on Monday announced preview versions of WebAssembly, a low-level safe binary format designed to allow C/C++ code to run in web browsers. Once WebAssembly, or wasm, matures and appears in browsers, it will allow developers to create native applications, and web applications with native code …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2016
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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

Microsoft has updated its family filters to block some rival browsers and says it's done so to think of the children. The changes are part of its bid to end the compatibility clashes caused when non-Microsoft browser barons push updates, breaking the restrictive Windows 10 family settings. The Reg understands that clashes …
Darren Pauli, 5 Sep 2016
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Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

Opera will sell its web browser technology to Chinese investors for $600m after a larger sale worth $1.2bn fell apart. The Norwegian company said in a filing to the Oslo Børs stock exchange that it had agreed to an arrangement that will see the Chinese-backed Golden Brick Capital Management private equity fund take control of …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2016

Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

Mozilla has started publishing nightly in-development builds of its experimental Servo browser engine so anyone can track the project's progress. Executables for macOS and GNU/Linux are available right here to download and test drive even if you're not a developer. If you are, the open-source engine's code is here if you want …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Jul 2016

Come get your free Opera VPN (and bring along something to read)

Opera has built a free virtual private network (VPN) service into the latest version of its browser for Windows and OS X. The other other other browser will allow users running the most recent developer build to knock their connections through the SurfEasy VPN free of charge. The VPN option can be enabled under the Privacy and …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2016

Chrome lives in dog years: It's seven years old but just turned 50

Google's Chrome browser has reached its 50th release. The browser debuted on September 1st, 2008, complete with a comic book to explain its then-novel approach of giving each Tab its own process. Isolating each Tab made the browser more resilient by allowing a poorly-coded Web app to take down just one process, rather than the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2016

Chrome 49 goes live as Google pays bug mercs $51k to patch 26 holes

Google has released Chrome version 49, closing 26 bugs and shelling out US$51,000 to support bug hunters. Now in Chrome's stable channel, the new version sports eight high and five medium severity fixes. Chrome test engineer Krishna Govind says Google paid US$36,500 (£33,334, A$49,671) for the bug bounty reports in the now …
Darren Pauli, 4 Mar 2016

AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

The developer of AdBlock Plus is in talks with website owners to seal a deal that would allow more adverts to bypass the ad-blocker and appear in people's browsers. Eyeo, makers of the open-source utility, is drafting a pact with a group of publishers to settle the ongoing battle between ad-blockers and websites that rely on …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Feb 2016

Avast forked up its Chrome fork, so flings fix after Google goggles

Antivirus vendor Avast has patched a vulnerability in its very own fork of the Chrome browser. And a good job too: the vuln allowed remote attackers to completely compromise the platform. Avast's SafeZone browser is bundled with its 2016 security products. It's based on the Avastium fork of Chrome, which is of course Google- …
Darren Pauli, 5 Feb 2016

Google calls out Comodo's Chromodo Chrome-knockoff as insecure crapware

Google security boffins have thrown the book at Comodo for turning off Chrome security. As explained in this advisory today, users who install Comodo Internet Security may not realize that their Chrome installation is replaced with Comodo's own browser, Chromodo. That little bit of crapware isn't secure at all: it's set as …

Wanted! A browser to replace Xombrero

Readers' corner Not a mainstream request this one perhaps, but over at El Reg Forums, 1980s coder is seeking some advice. Guys, what do you reckon? I'm looking for an alternative to the Xombrero web browser, now that it seems to be virtually unmaintained, and becoming increasingly out of date. I liked it because it worked well without a …
Drew Cullen, 2 Feb 2016
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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

The Mozilla Foundation has revealed that some future versions of its flagship Firefox browser will ship without support for plugins of any sort. The organisation yesterday announced that “new platforms such as 64-bit Firefox for Windows will launch without plugin support.” Adobe Flash is the exception to the rule, because it …

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