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Google Chrome is the current target of a malvertising campaign that aims to trick users into calling a fake tech support line.  Tech support scams have become a popular tactic for malware distributers because they prey on a user’s ignorance and fear instead of relying on the overt extortion tactics used by ransomware. The Google Chrome browser scam uses an exploit in the current version of Chrome to overload the …

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For the longest time, Firefox was the browser of choice for many security and privacy conscious users.  Unfortunately, that might soon change with the introduction of a new advertising program that will use your internet browsing history to deliver targeted advertisements. The new advertising “feature” is called Suggested Tiles and tailors content based on a user’s “recent and most frequent browsing” habits in order to deliver relevant ads.  Frequency is …

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A recent study by Incapsula reports that 61.5% of all website traffic is now generated by bots. The findings from the security firm show this as a 21% rise over last year.  While some of the automated programs are malicious, Incapsula reports that the largest growth in traffic actually comes from “good” bots which are used by search engines to help index content. The website traffic report was generated …

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Security professionals and web developers alike have encouraged users to keep their web browsers updated but one online retailer has taken that a step further.  Kogan, an electronics retailer based out of Australia has imposed the first tax on customers who use an outdated browser like Internet Explorer 7 for their purchases on its site. Shoppers who visit the retailers’ website with an outdated browser will be presented with a …

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Google’s Chrome internet browser has remained the high water mark for web browser security for four years but that legacy has finally been broken.  Chrome, which entered the browser marketplace back in 2008 quickly gained a name for itself for being the fastest web browser as well as functionally hacker proof.  Google has taken part in Pwn2Own—a security competition run by HP—for the last four years and matched Chrome against …

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The current browsers wars will be on topic for this week’s Tech Wars Software feature but I wanted to preface with this weekend’s Firefox milestone.  The newest version of Firefox reached 104 million downloads over the weekend, a milestone that was achieved in just over a month.  Firefox has held onto its #2 spot in the browser wars for over 4 years but the speed with which the general populous …

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When Google released the beta version of Google Chrome earlier this year it was received with a mixed reception. The browser that had been announced as faster and more secure then either Firefox or Internet Explorer proved instead to be little more than a cosmetic alternative. Now however, Google is ramping up its Chrome promotion campaign by cutting default stature from Firefox. Until recently Firefox had been the default browser …

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Microsoft announced Tuesday that a critical vulnerability has been found in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7. The flaw in the browser can allow cybercriminals to gain access to your computer and steal your passwords. Security experts are advising users to switch to an alternate internet browser until an emergency patch can be issued. It is highly recommended that all Internet Explorer 7 users cease using the browser until Wednesday night. (Update) …

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On Wednesday Microsoft announced that the previously expected end of year release of Internet Explorer 8 would be pushed back into 2009. IE8, which entered public beta in March has undergone scrutiny for compatibility issues but was still expected to be ready for a winter 2008 release. The news that this will no longer happen has unleashed further hostility in the community from those who have adopted Firefox. Microsoft has …

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Chrome Beta 3 arrived recently to the fanfare of Google aficionados but few others. What is Chrome you might ask? Well for the uninitiated its Google’s news web foray; a proprietary internet browser that they had hoped would surpass IE and Firefox in user base. The promise behind Chrome stems primarily from its pedigree. The Google search engine took the world by storm and has grown to become an everyday …

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