Adobe Flash

Another unpatchable security flaw proves Flash needs to die

By on June 14, 2016 at 4:33 PM.

Another unpatchable security flaw proves Flash needs to die

Given the endless stream of security vulnerabilities that have continued to plague Adobe Flash for years, it’s almost a surprise that Flash isn’t entirely dead just yet. The latest Flash vulnerability to make waves is a zero-day exploit that was initially relayed to us via a security advisory from Adobe itself. Notably, researchers from Kaspersky Labs helped unearth the exploit.

According to the advisory, the critical vulnerability affects machines running Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS. Or, in other words, everybody. “Successful exploitation,” Adobe notes, “could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”

And as if that weren’t worrisome enough, Adobe notes that it won’t have a patch ready to address the vulnerability until later in the week.

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Private Incognito Mode Privacy Tracking

Is your browser’s private mode actually private?

By on March 11, 2016 at 1:34 PM.

Is your browser’s private mode actually private?

Modern Internet browsers have private or incognito modes that let you surf the web without leaving any traces. That is, you’re not leaving any traces for anyone using the same computer once you’ve done with your session. Your searches and viewing history will not be recorded for others to see, which can be useful both at home and at work.

But that doesn’t stop third parties from tracking your activity. In fact, private browsing functionality is probably the most misunderstood feature of web browsing. More →

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Google Chrome iPhone App Update

There’s finally a better browser than Safari for your iPhone

By on January 27, 2016 at 1:33 PM.

There’s finally a better browser than Safari for your iPhone

Despite being a diehard Chrome user on both my Windows 10 laptop and my MacBook Air, I’ve never made the switch from Safari on my iPhone. I’ve given it a shot, but it was just never quite as dependable as the stock browser.

Google is aware that many iPhone users have tried and failed to convert to Chrome, so on Wednesday, the company released a massive new update that it says makes the browser “significantly faster and more stable” than before. More →

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Google Chrome Vs Safari

Why it’s time to ditch Chrome on your MacBook

By on August 5, 2015 at 6:05 PM.

Why it’s time to ditch Chrome on your MacBook

With a 64.8% market share as of July 2015, Google Chrome is by far the most widely used web browser on the planet, easily dwarfing competing browsers from the likes of Microsoft, Apple, and Mozilla.

While there’s much to appreciate in Chrome’s streamlined interface and rather snappy performance, using Google’s web browser on your Apple laptop may impact how much battery life you can enjoy while on the go.

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iOS 9 Safari Ad-blocking Apps Extensions

Apple finds a new way to stick it to Google: Hidden ad-blocking feature found on iOS 9

By on June 11, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

Apple finds a new way to stick it to Google: Hidden ad-blocking feature found on iOS 9

One hidden iOS 9 feature that Apple didn’t detail on stage earlier this week concerns advertising and user tracking. The feature was discovered in Safari mobile developer notes, and it’s got even popular ad-blocker AdBlock Plus worried. More →

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Safari Search iPhone

An amazing iPhone and iPad trick you never knew existed

By on April 2, 2015 at 10:33 AM.

An amazing iPhone and iPad trick you never knew existed

If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, odds are that you use mobile Safari to do all of your web browsing. But buried underneath all all of the more overt browsing options is a hidden way to search an individual webpage for a specific word or phrase.

Here’s how you can find it and use it to your heart’s content.

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Google Lawsuit

Millions of Apple users can now sue Google for its Safari hack

By on March 27, 2015 at 1:29 PM.

Millions of Apple users can now sue Google for its Safari hack

Millions of Apple Safari users in Britain have been given the green light to sue Google amidst proven allegations that the search giant implemented a workaround to bypass Safari security and install tracking cookies on both desktop and iOS versions of Apple’s web browser.

Why? Because over 90% of Google’s ad revenue comes from advertising and they wanted to deliver higher-cost targeted advertising to OS X and iOS users.

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Safari OS X

Watching porn on OS X Safari isn’t as ‘private’ as you think

By on March 19, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Watching porn on OS X Safari isn’t as ‘private’ as you think

If you ask Apple, switching on “Private Browsing” in OS X Safari should keep everything you do online free from prying eyes. Not only does “Private Browsing” mode prevent websites from tracking your behavior, it also precludes Safari from remembering what pages you’ve visited. In other words, “Private Browsing” should keep your search history completely, well, private.

Or so you thought.

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Private Internet Browsing Mode

Your private browsing habits are far from being as private as you might think

By on January 9, 2015 at 7:10 AM.

Your private browsing habits are far from being as private as you might think

Most modern browsers come with special private modes meant to help users hide their surfing habits from coworkers or family and/or try to prevent sites from tracking their online activity. That doesn’t mean spy agencies or ISPs won’t be able to see what sites users access — that’s not what private browsing does, as Eric Schmidt has recently learned — but that, in theory, users might guard their privacy to some extent. However, as Business Insider reveals, private browsing isn’t exactly as private as you thought it was. More →

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Safari iOS 8 Tips And Tricks

The best must-know tricks for Safari in iOS 8

By on October 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

The best must-know tricks for Safari in iOS 8

Many of us use Safari for a browser. But there are loads of little tips and tricks that you may not know about. You’ve probably accidentally hit a few buttons and something popped up. Thankfully, MacWorld put together a fantastic list of Safari tricks that could help you navigate your Safari browser like a pro.

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Google Safari Cookie Settlement

Google to pay $17 million for putting its hand in Apple’s cookie jar

By on November 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM.

Google to pay $17 million for putting its hand in Apple’s cookie jar

Remember last year when Google had to pay $22.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission after bypassing security settings on the Safari browser in order to plant cookies? Computerworld reports that Google will be forking over an additional $17 million after settling with 37 states and the District of Columbia. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on his website that the state of New York will receive $899,580 of the settlement. More →

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Safari Mobile Browser Share

Safari expands mobile browser share lead despite heated competition

By on April 3, 2013 at 8:30 PM.

Safari expands mobile browser share lead despite heated competition

Apple (AAPL) may be under more competitive pressure than it’s faced in a while but that doesn’t mean its iPhones and iPads aren’t still the dominant devices for browsing the mobile web. The latest numbers from NetMarketShare show that Apple’s Safari browser has actually increased its lead among smartphone and tablet users and now accounts for 62% of mobile web browsing, followed by Google’s (GOOG) Android browser at 22% and Opera Mini at 8%. Safari’s share actually marks a significant increase from the previous month when it accounted for 55% of mobile browsing, so it seems that Apple’s dominance of the mobile web isn’t in danger of shrinking anytime soon.

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Google Safari Tracking Scandal

Apple users in the U.K. look to sue Google over Safari tracking scandal

By on January 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM.

Apple users in the U.K. look to sue Google over Safari tracking scandal

A group of Apple (AAPL) users in the United Kingdom are looking to take legal action against Google (GOOG) for its role in last year’s Safari tracking scandal. The group, known as Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking, has instructed a law firm to coordinate the claims against Google and is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages and a public apology from the company.  More →

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