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Firefox 75 overhauls the browser’s address bar

April 7th, 2020

Today, Mozilla rolled out Firefox 75, its latest update for the open source Web browser. The big change is a redesign of the address bar, which comes with some tweaks to how searches work when you're using it.

When you begin using the new search field, you'll notice that it looks a little different; it's larger, and it has a larger font to match.

The drop-down that appears when you click in the search bar will show you multiple options for where to search, like Google or Amazon. That same view will show additional keyword suggestions as you type, with the goal being exposing "additional popular keywords that you might not have thought of to narrow your search even further," according to the blog post announcing the redesign.

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Firefox enables DNS-over-HTTPS by default (with Cloudflare) for all U.S. users

February 25th, 2020
If you use the Firefox web browser, here's an important update that you need to be aware of. Starting today, Mozilla is activating the DNS-over-HTTPS security feature by default for all Firefox users in the U.S. by automatically changing their DNS server configuration in the settings. That means, from now onwards, Firefox will send all your DNS queries to the Cloudflare DNS servers instead of

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Microsoft Releases First Preview Builds of Chromium-based Edge Browser

April 8th, 2019
Microsoft today finally released the first new reborn version of its Edge browser that the company rebuilds from scratch using Chromium engine, the same open-source web rendering engine that powers Google's Chrome browser. However, the Chromium-based Edge browser builds haven't yet entered the stable or even the beta release; instead, Microsoft has released two testing-purpose preview builds

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To protect users’ privacy, iOS 12.2 will limit Web apps’ access to iPhone’s sensors

February 4th, 2019
A woman uses a smartphone to take a photo.

Enlarge / A user tries out features in ARKit. (credit: Apple)

The beta for iOS 12.2 contains a change to mobile Safari that could have implications for the advertising and marketing worlds, as well as for Web-based augmented or virtual reality more generally.

In the beta, a toggle labeled "Motion & Orientation Access" exists in the Safari privacy settings panel. This toggle determines whether sites visited in the mobile Safari browser will be able to access the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad’s gyroscope or accelerometer. This setting currently defaults to "off," which means users would have to have the foresight to navigate to the Settings app and enable it before being able to use AR experiences from the Web.

Two Apple employees on Twitter elaborated on the change. Apple software engineer Ricky Mondello wrote in a tweet thread recounting the various notes in the Safari 12.1 release for iOS:

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Chrome Flaw Allows Sites to Secretly Record Audio/Video Without Indication

May 30th, 2017

What if your laptop is listening to everything that is being said during your phone calls or other people near your laptop and even recording video of your surrounding without your knowledge?

Sounds really scary! Isn’t it? But this scenario is not only possible but is hell easy to accomplish.

A UX design flaw in the Google’s Chrome browser could allow malicious websites to record audio or

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Websites Can Now Track You Online Across Multiple Web Browsers

February 15th, 2017

You might be aware of websites, banks, retailers, and advertisers tracking your online activities using different Web “fingerprinting” techniques even in incognito/private mode, but now sites can track you anywhere online — even if you switch browsers.

A team of researchers has recently developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique — the first reliable technique to accurately track users

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Opera Browser Sync Service Hacked; Users’ Data and Saved Passwords Compromised

August 27th, 2016

Opera has reset passwords of all users for one of its services after hackers were able to gain access to one of its Cloud servers this week.

Opera Software reported a security breach last night, which affects all users of the sync feature of its web browser.
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So, if you’ve been using Opera’s Cloud Sync service, which allows users to synchronize their browser data and settings

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Comodo’s so-called ‘Secure Internet Browser’ Comes with Disabled Security Features

February 3rd, 2016

Beware Comodo Users!

Have you Safeguarded your PC with a Comodo Antivirus? Then you need to inspect your system for privacy and security concerns.
First of all, make sure whether your default browser had been changed to “Chromodo” — a free browser offered by Comodo Antivirus.
If your head nod is “Yes,” then you could be at risk!
Chromodo browser, which is supplied along with the installation of Comodo Anti-Virus Software and marketed as ‘Private Internet Browser’ for better security and privacy, automatically overrides system settings to set itself as your ‘Default Browser.’
And secondly, the main security concern about Comodo Antivirus is that the Chromodo browser has ‘Same Origin Policy’ (SOP) disabled by default.
Google’s security researcher Tavis Ormandy, recently shouted at Comodo for disabling SOP by default in its browser settings that violates one of the strongest browser security policy.

Ormandy notes that “all shortcuts are replaced with Chromodo links and all settings, cookies, etc are imported from Chrome. They also hijack DNS settings, among other shady practices.”

Moreover, this is a total unethical movement to change default browser settings without users’ knowledge.
Same Origin Policy (SOP) is one of the browser security policies that permits scripts running in a web browser to only make requests to pages on the same domain.
If enabled, Same Origin Policy will prevent malicious scripts on one page from obtaining access to sensitive data on another web page.

What If, Same Origin Policy is Disabled


To understand this, assume you are logged into Facebook and somehow visits a malicious website in another tab.

With SOP disabled, various malicious script files on that website could take over the control of your Facebook profile, allowing malicious actors to compromise your account with access to your private messages, post status updates, etc.
The same thing Comodo is doing with its users, by default disabling SOP in Chromodo that could allow attackers to:
  • Steal session authentication cookies.
  • Perform malicious actions through script code.
  • Even Replace trusted websites with attacker-created HTML design.

How to Check, If your Browser has SOP Enabled/Disabled

If you are still unsure whether your browser is SOP disabled, then visit this link.
If you are getting a prompt as “Browser appears to be fine,” then you are out of danger.
But, if you are getting a negative approach such as “Your browser is not enforcing the SOP,” you are advised to migrate to other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox for your self-defense against any malicious attack.
Stay Safe! Safe Tuned!

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How to Fix Chrome Massive Memory Usage? Simply Try ‘Chrome 45’ for Faster Performance

September 4th, 2015

Rejoice Chrome users!

Google has made major improvements to its Chrome web browser that would once again make it one of the least memory eater browsers in the market.

Although Chrome is used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide due to its simplicity and power, most people aren’t happy with it because it uses too much memory and power.

Google has now solved these problems. The

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Microsoft Could Kill Internet Explorer; New Spartan Browser Coming Soon

December 30th, 2014

Bad News for Internet Explorer fans, if any! Microsoft’s almost 20 years old Web browser with a big blue E sign might soon be a thing of the past.

With the arrival of Windows 10, probably by next fall, Microsoft could come up with its brand new browser that’s more similar to Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome, but less like Internet Explorer (IE), according to a recent report published

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