When it comes to web browsing on the iPad, the options are fairly limited compared to the offerings for the iPhone. The prime reason behind this is that most of the browsers available on the App Store have been built with the iPhone’s small screen in mind, and the same browsing apps face cluttering, lags and other issues when used on the iPad.
There are many different providers which offer video chat services, many of them free. While that is convenient, there is the issue of having to download and install those programs. What if you can do a video chat on your browser without having to install a plugin or any other program?
This is exactly what the creators of WebRTC had in mind when they conceptualized the web standard.
And the Internet browser wars go on. While it is true that the general public is probably mainly aware of the big three – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, a considerable number of people out there use Opera. With this new release, a lot more might just change loyalties in the near future.
Opera 10.6 beta has been released, and it is promised to be 50% faster. According to Michael Muchmore of PCMag, it is indeed faster than Chrome 5 – but not by that much. Still, many of us would give a lot for more speed, wouldn’t we?
Aside from the speed, though, Opera 10.6 beta has more to offer. For one, it already supports Google’s WebM video format, which was recently announced. For those who prefer to use Microsoft’s Bing (as opposed to Google or Yahoo), Opera also integrates this search engine as the default. The browser also has more HTML 5 support.
In terms of visuals, Opera 10.6 beta is a bit different from its predecessors. The iconic O button is now replaced by MENU. While it does not mean much in terms of performance, some users might prefer this more obvious button. Also, the speed dial new tab page is now viewable in wide screen mode- quite helpful for those with sight issues.
Currently, the browser is only available for Windows, so Mac and Linux users will have to wait. The forecast is that the final version will be out by the summer. To download the beta version, visit http://www.opera.com/browser/next/.
Disable ActiveX altogether, advises US-CERT
The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has advised users to completely disable ActiveX from their internet browsers owing to vectors that were spotted in many recent web applications including social networking sites Facebook and MySpace.
ActiveX seems to enjoy the status of melting pot of vulnerabilities in the security community. The wide spread adoption of Microsoft’s product adds a lot more to the problems. Its just in the scheme of things that the popular software gets targeted most.
An except from the security article at InfoWorld
“The issue goes beyond ActiveX. Any plug-in architecture that has a lot of users will suffer from these same issues; anything where you have third party developers writing code that runs inside the browser,” said Max Caceres, director of research and development at applications security firm Matasano Security. “As long as developers are building things without putting security at the top of their list of objectives, we’ll have these problems, regardless of the plug-in architecture.”
Cross-browser attack exposes user personal data
A flaw that affects the way in which FireFox and Opera browsers handle images may let an attacker view a users browsing history. Versions 188.8.131.52 of FireFox and 9.50 of Opera are affected by the attack.
An excerpt from the article at TechWorld
A malicious bitmap file can be created that pulls other information from the browsers’ memory. Some of the information that can be captured is random, but at other times could be valuable, the advisory said.
“The harvested data contains various information including parts of other websites, users’ favorites and history and other information,” Vexillium said.
AJAX is super cool but a raises uber concerns on security
And to round off the security article this week, here are some tips for AJAX programmers on what to keep in mind when designing web applications – which is working on a whole slew of new technologies. The article from RegDeveloper brings to focus the point that the more technology you use, more is the increase in the ‘attack surface area’.
To put the points concisely:
- Know well the tools that you would use developing AJAX based code. You would not want the security and authentication based code to go over to the client side.
- Beware of injection based attacks. Always validate the user input. Demarcate code and data.
- Never rely on encoding alone for considering incoming data safe.
An excerpt from the security article