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Google Fortifies the Security of Chrome with Improved Encryption Protection

Google is all geared up to improve its security settings with its next release of Chrome browser. It is now going to encrypt all search queries sent from the software. The next version of Chrome is now available in the beta channel and all searches will be encrypted using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL).

When a browser uses SSL to encrypt any information from a browser to a website, then you get a green padlock on the web address in the address box. Google calls this little padlock, ‘omnibox’, as it works as a place to put in your search terms as well as insert your URL.

As a user, you will not see much difference in your browsing experience, because of this new feature. Of course, you will notice an improved speed in getting your search results because of Google’s use of the SPDY protocol in the software.

Encryption is the new way to go

Though Google started using encryption for search queries for Chrome users signed in to their Google accounts in 2011, it has now extended to all the browser users whether logged into Google account or not.

Mozilla started encryption for Google searches performed through Firefox browser in July 2012. Apple followed next by enabling search encryption on Safari by September 2012.

Encryption is one of the safest ways to search online today. It prevents a marketer from getting information from a website about searches performed.

Mozilla® making browser for iPad®, Named Junior

Looking for an alternative browser on your iPad?

Mozilla, the name behind the successful desktop web browser Firefox has been working on a web browser for iPad. Dubbed as Junior, this novel web browser that will be designed specifically for iPad will make web browsing more pleasurable and more ergonomic.

“We wanted to make something entirely new. We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor,” Firefox product designer Alex Limi said, calling Safari on iPad “a miserable experience”.

Junior will be very simple as compared to the other browsers and will incorporate just two buttons, including the ‘Back’ button and ‘Plus’ button. Amongst the two, the ‘Back’ button will do the standard back function, while the ‘Plus’ button will open a new window. Also, it will show recently closed/viewed websites, bookmarked sites and unified search bar.

Junior will offer a full-screen experience to the users who forgo tabs and will greatly depend on a few navigation buttons to access browser’s features. In addition, this browser for iPad is also expected to allow its users to make multiple accounts.

However, Junior by Mozilla is an early-experimental project and yet it is not confirmed for development.

How to Customize Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts

It is a know fact how useful the shortcut can be especial when you are trying to browser through different application or the websites. But to be honest a coin always has another side and same is with the computer shortcuts. They at time are so difficult to remember you end up using your mouse. But should their not be a way around and I was determined for the same. Especially some one like me who has keeps browsing, different website on Firefox. So I found something helpful that may be useful for all the readers. Firefox has an add-on called Customizable Shortcut version 0.5.8. from Tim Taubert. It does not requires you to restart the Firefox so once it is installed you are ready to add your own shortcuts to Firefox so that you can run the browser faster than before and without the mouse.

You can follow the following steps to create your own shortcuts. First step is to click on the tools and then go to the option. In order to open it with the shortcut you can use Alt+T and then “o”. This will bring the options menu and then please click on the one that says Shortcuts on the far right hand side. Once you click on it then you can modify any one the mentioned shortcut. Not only will it help you customize the short cut but will also help you speed up your work on the Firefox. But before you download this add-on please make sure you have also upgraded the version of the Firefox as it requires the latest version of the browser.  Once done with the shortcut you can use it but it will also work in case you upgrade the browser in future. Thus resolving the problem of remembering the short cut, as you can set them as per your choice, not only set them but you can change them back to anything else if you want. Any combination of shift, ctrl spacebar or any key you want. For example I have set ctrl+shift for a new tab as it is closer and more convenient for me to use.

Thus concluding with the note that your computer is fast but it can work much faster if it is give the required upgrade it requires from time to time. So we wish you all the best with browning computer with these additional benefits from this new add-on.

Stop Firefox from Opening on the Wrong Monitor

Many users prefer to use more than one monitor so that they can work on more than one windows or application. For example you are working on words, Outlooks and Mozilla Firefox together and want to view them simultaneously so what can you do is connect three different monitors or screen and then open the in their respective screens. But what if you open one of this application or software and it comes up on the third screen where as you want it to open on the first one. You will have to drag it again and again. One would save lot of time if it could remember the location where it was opened last time and open on the same screen until we change it next time. Well almost all the applications are supposed to remember their location and will open in their respective screen where you had assigned them last. But in recent time it has been observed that Fire Fox has been giving users some trouble for the same.

We have a easy resolution which will help you to resolve this problem for ever. Please follow these Steps to get rid of the problem.

Step 1: Please launch Firefox and let it load once. Once it’s loaded completely then please make sure it is on the wrong screen. In case it has come up on the correct screen please close it again and launch Firefox again. One you see it on the wrong screen please follow the STEP 2:

STEP 2: Beside the red “X” used to close Firefox you would find another rectangular box. It is used to reduce the size of the Firefox from full screen to any shorter size. Please click on it. It will reduce the size of Firefox from full screen to may be half of the screen or marginally smaller than full screen.

STEP 3: One you are done with the STEP 2: Please Drag it to the correct screen and then close it down by clicking on the red cross. Once it is closed launch it gain to check if we have resolved the problem.

One you have resolved the problem you may ask why you were facing this problem. It has nothing to do with your computer or Operating System. It is a bug with Firefox 4. So you can fix your problem with the above steps. Hoper Firefox  corrects this problem with Firefox 5

Firefox 5 Update Aims To Fix Mac OS X Bugs

The Firefox 5 for Mac OS X has a bug which causes browser to crash when user visits any websites that use downloadable fonts.  Mozilla had informed Apple about the problem prior release of Mac OS X 10.7, but the problem was not fixed and 10.7 was released. Mozilla had identified the bug and assured users of an update to fix the bug but they did not provide an exact date when the update would be available. Firefox 5 update is only intended for Mac OS X users and not for Linux or Windows users.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard also has a Java flaw. Mozilla expects to apply the fixes to Firefox 5 before release of the Firefox 6 which is scheduled to release on 16 August. The Firefox update 5 is the first out-of-band update besides the regular minor updates that were done between the release of the browsers two predecessors, the Firefox 4 and Firefox 5. Mozilla is considering to moving to use of newer version of font API to solve the problem. Apple upgraded its distribution of Java in OS X 10.5 Leopard which also led to breaking down of Java plug-in of Firefox 5.  The Firefox 5 update will also restore back the Java functionality to the browser.

While Mozilla releases Firefox 5.01, the Firefox 3.5 will also be updated by the company. The company has decided to disable the downloadable web font when the Firefox 3.5 browser runs on Mac OS X. Mozilla has also notified Mac users that they may experience other problems, if they are still using Firefox 3.5. They may face scrollbar rendering issues in Firefox 3.5. They have urged the users to upgrade to Firefox 5. Mozilla has specifically asked the users to stop using Firefox 3.5 because it will be soon retiring its 18 month old browser and will not be providing any security update after August. The security update for Firefox 3.5 that will be provided in the mid August will be the last update for the browser.

Mozilla has decided to use new font APIs versions in its future Mac versions of Firefox to prevent the browser from crashing in Mac OS X. Firefox 6 and Firefox 7 are the two new versions that will be introduced in near future. The Firefox 6  is still a beta version and is expected to be released on August 15 while the Firefox 7 will be available around Sept 27. The first builds of Firefox 7 are also known as Aurora channel.

Mozilla has also announced that company has decided to adopt and follow an accelerated release cycle for its browsers. The company will provide security fixes for its browsers every six weeks. The new features will also be introduced every six weeks. This is the same pattern that is followed by Google for its Chrome browser.

Microsoft: H.264 comes to Firefox on Windows 7

Microsoft has decided to provide a plug-in for H.264 support in the Mozilla Firefox Browser. H.264 is the codec standard made famous by blue ray discs, YouTube and provides better video quality with lower bit rates when compared to its counterparts. It is used for streaming and running videos from YouTube and iTunes, Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight. There are many controversies regarding H.264. One of the main reason is that it is based on HTML 5 which was developed for usage by all browsers but H.264 licensing and patent goes against this which has split the different browsers supporting the use of different formats. Microsoft and Apple on one side for H.264 and others are supporting Open Source software.

Mozilla currently is pushing for WebM as the format which is actually an open source format which can be developed easily and be distributed freely.

Microsoft has allowed Mozilla who due to the exorbitant licensing fees was unable to tap into H.264 to use a plug-in which would enable Windows 7 users to be able to actually view sites and videos supporting this format. Firefox with its longstanding support of Open source software would unwillingly have to allow the plug in. Windows 7 uses Windows Media Player as the playback software, so the usage of H.264 will be actually limited to Windows 7 supporting computers. Firefox currently supports Ogg Theora and WebM, both opensource. Opera supports Ogg Theora and WebM and Google Chrome provide support for Ogg Theora WebM and H.264. Microsoft only supports H.264 and WebM.

Different browsers providing support to different codecs is leading to a browser war.

Though many believe WebM should be the standardized codec because of it being open plus free.

H.264 is currently limited by its limited usage and applications and as of now it requires Windows media player API to run. But Microsoft is hoping the advent of HTML5 will change that. Apple safari is currently the only browser not supporting WebM so it actually might make more sense to make WebM as the industry standard and so that its open nature can be utilized fully and also so that its distribution and usage is wide spread.

Google in a surprising move has also claimed that it will withdraw support for H.264 because it was against the principles of the net being for all. Google Product Manager Mike Jazayeri explained that the move was due to Google’s goal to enable open innovation by focusing the company’s investments “in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles.”

It certainly is a free for all battle between the supporters of H.264 at one end and the open source software supporter at the other end. Google and Microsoft are slugging it out again this time over video formats, time will now tell which video codec loses popularity and ultimately causes that group of supporters to relent and provide support for the New Popular codec.

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