Mozilla has just unleashed a massive update to its Firefox browser making it so fast that they’re calling it Firefox Quantum.
Firefox Quantum started as a perpetual project in October 2016 with the goal of developing a better web engine for today’s web content. The web is no longer a collection of static pages, and is now driven by many types of webapps. To run these apps optimally, Quantum takes advantage of the multi-thread, multi-core processors found in most of today’s machines. Instead of letting one core handling the command stream for the entire browser, the engine will intelligently distribute the workload across multiple threads and the [...]
Like Google Chrome, if you just go directly to the Mozilla Firefox website, you’re directed to download the Firefox Stub Installer, which is essentially a file that detects your operating system then downloads the most appropriate version of Firefox from the web then installs it. While this works fine if you’re planning to just use Firefox on one computer that has internet access, if you’re trying to deploy Firefox on multiple machines that may or may not have internet access, using a stub installer is a massive waste of time and bandwidth.
Like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is available as standalone offline installers, but finding them is a [...]
For those who are particularly security conscious, any sort of potential vulnerability is worrisome. Within browsers, a functionality called WebGL allows web developers to run code directly on the video card which of course isn’t exactly something you’d want to let web applications do. While web browsers attempt to protect against major security vulnerabilities by sandboxing the webapps, having the functionality to begin with could become a vulnerability.
While WebGL vulnerabilities are still a debated topic among security researchers, the easy way to prevent any issues is just to disable it. Here’s how.
Disable WebGL in Chrome
For those who use the internet in any way, having a VPN service is essential. VPN services not only help protect your security online, but can also help you get around government censorship, geo-restricted content filters, and ISP traffic shaping.
As a part of a new series of VPN reviews, today we’ll be reviewing VPN Unlimited by KeepSolid. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is a New York based VPN service with development teams in Ukraine founded back in 2013. The service is well reviewed, offers lots of servers around the globe, and is reasonably priced, but does it live up to its expectations? Let’s find out!
The Basics VPN [...]
If you’ve ever tried watching a few hours of YouTube in the dark, you’ll know that the bright white background color YouTube uses is downright painful to the eyes. This is why competing online video services such as Netflix or Hulu uses a black background.
Because of this, users have been requesting a dark theme from YouTube for years and while it hasn’t been officially released yet, it’s being rolled out to select users as part of a beta test.
Of course, if you’re like me and can’t wait, turning it on only takes a few quick steps.
Enable YouTube’s Dark Theme
YouTube’s Dark Theme is [...]
Back in 2013, privacy and encryption was thrust into the forefront of mainstream news when NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, leaked a huge repository of classified materials to the press, revealing a lot of very unnerving information about the NSA’s global surveillance programs. Among what was revealed included the NSA’s capability to monitor the online activities of US citizens which include everything from browsing activity to phone calls to e-mails to text messages and much, much more.
While government spying may be worrisome, what should be even more worrisome is the fact that unencrypted transmissions can literally be deciphered by anyone [...]
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is one of the best ways to keep information about your internet usage private from hackers, your ISP, and the government. However, if it’s not setup properly or if the VPN service only secures your connection in some ways and not others, then you still leave yourself vulnerable to monitoring and security issues.
Today we’ll be discussing how to check if your VPN actually secure and how to check for any IP Leaks.
What is an IP Leak?
Before we begin, the most important thing is to understand what an IP Leak is. An IP Leak is broad term that covers any instance where your real IP is [...]
Firefox version 54 finally adds multi-process support, bringing it in line with the modern browser process design.
Before version 54, Firefox had all of its tabs and extensions running on one process. When one tab stops working in the process tree, the problem could manifest other tabs or cause the whole session to shut down. In contrast, browsers like Google Chrome separates each tab into its own process which makes Chrome blazing fast and more stable, but it comes at the price of using more memory and resources than other browsers.
Recognizing the need for multi-process, but also recognizing the drawbacks of allowing unlimited processes to be created, [...]
Microsoft announced the Surface laptop and Windows 10 S during its #MicrosoftEDU conference today.Windows 10 S
Windows 10 S is an overhauled version of Windows RT designed to compete against Google’s Chrome OS. All software for Windows 10 S must be downloaded via the Windows Store, meaning that 3rd party applications won’t be able to run unless they’re approved by Microsoft.
Are the flashbacks of Windows RT haunting you? Don’t be, Microsoft has enhanced Windows 10 S in several ways to avoid a repeat of the same mistake.
The biggest challenge for a single software distribution source is its ecosystem. During [...]
A vulnerability has been exposed in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers. In certain scenarios, the affected browsers may incorrectly render Unicode into ASCII characters via Punycode, tricking visitors into believing that it’s the official site.
The tip came from Xudong Zhen, who demonstrated the vulnerability by constructing a site for the domain “https://www.xn--80ak6aa92e.com/“. When entered into the URL bar, a browser could incorrectly translate it to Apple.com. Pair it with SSL and a well-copied template of the original, it can even fool seasoned web users.
The danger of this vulnerability is evident to see. If the domain was [...]