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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.

Apple’s Safari grows faster than Chrome in July

According to the postings of Apple’s safari last month, it observed the biggest increase as far as usage share is concerned in the consumer market. It left the nearest competitors like perennial champion chrome far behind in this game of popularity & the number of users. This was the latest declaration of Web metrics vendor Net Applications. It is just like winning the race in the market of internet in a very easy manner.

The chrome users are really in a surprise state. It took the shape of a gain game that turned out to play in the favor of the former one. After the tagging up of the specific browser with Apple’s revenue troika of Mac, iPhone and iPad the profit was unexpected & sky rocketed to the increase of nearly around 8.1% in the month of July this year. It is a kind of an unachievable record that it gained. May be the main reason for ir is the user friendly structure of the same along with some more features that turned out to be in favor of the users. You too will be very much astonished to hear that the monopoly of internet explorer is on the verge of extinction. It dropped by 53 percent that occurred from the early phase of January till July & August respectively.

The browser was in a defeated state that really amazed its users. This is the biggest decline that it had ever experienced. This performance in such a poor state of decline in popularity & uselessness continued at a steady rate for three months simultaneously along with some other traits that didn’t go in favor of the same. It is a prediction that it would fall at a steady rate of minimum fifty percent by the end of this year. It is a perfect matter of fact that Google Chrome was the only equipment that improved its general performance by growing & maintaining its general share by 13.5%. Although the performance was not at all credible with the 15 percent share on October last year. Similar was the case with two other very popular internet browsers, Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera Software’s Opera. The lost the usual place of popularity bearing a loss of nearly two tenths of its users along with some of the very long & huge problems still in the picture.  Firefox, which kicked off a rapid-release schedule in late June that will result in a new version every six weeks, now accounts for 21.5% of all browsers, more than three points down from its peak in November 2009.

Apple® patches 62 bugs in Safari® update

Safari from Apple, is a graphical web browser, which is an inherent part of the Mac OS X operating system. Safari is principally the native browser in the iOS also. Safari was originally introduced in 2003 as a public beta version, slowly becoming the default browser in all Macs. The Microsoft Windows version of Safari was released in the year 2007. In the rankings of most widely used browsers in the US, Safari stands 4th in the line of following including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

After Safari 1.0 in 2003, Safari 2.0 in 2005, Safari 3.0 in 2007, Safari 4.0 in 2008, Safari 5 was released in mid 2010. Apple has brought about a very interesting change in browsing in Safari. Some of the interesting features include Bookmark Integration with the address book, Web Page Clips Saving to the Apple Dashboard, flexible search box in the tool bar for Google, Yahoo! or Bing, private browsing, support for HTML 5, support for Transport Layer Security, Document Object Model Inspector of Web Pages and many others.

Security vise the PWN2OWN contest of 2008, CanSecWest Security conference, in Vancouver, brought about the weaknesses in Safari. The Safari was the first to fall in the hacking competition with the successful exploit of the same, bringing the Mac OS as the first OS to fail. This flaw exposed by the contest was duly patched, taking care of other vulnerabilities also in the Safari 3.1.1 update.

PWN2OWN 2009 also brought about the fall of the Safari and Apple introduced the 3.2.3 patch to take care of the exploits. In the PWN2OWN 2010 contest, again the Safari fell first before the Internet Explorer, the iPhone, the Nokia and then the Mozilla Firefox. The 2011 PWN2OWN again, the Safari was the first to fall in the contest.

In fact, after the November 2010 patch of Safari, by Apple fixing 27 flaws, to the new version of the Safari was introduced only in June 2010, the Safari 5 saw its biggest update and patch recently. Apple introduced a new patch covering 62 bugs, just before the PWN2OWN contest vide Safari 5.0.4. This patch covered mainly vulnerabilities in the Webkit engine of the browser. For information the Webkit engine powers the Google Chrome also. Besides the Webkit vulnerabilities several non-security issues were also addressed.

Even if the Safari proved itself to be, about the fastest of browsers, and the prime choice of many a user, a French hacker managed to break the brand new Safari 5.0.4 in barely five seconds. The 5.0.4 update was released only a few minutes before the competition. The next to fall was the Internet Explorer 8. Although the contest predefined which versions of browsers were eligible to be tested at the contest, hackers have managed to break through even later versions of browser releases.

Safari® and Internet Explorer® hacked at Pwn2Own contest

Pwn2Own is a hacking contest sponsored by the HP Digital Vaccine Labs (HP DVL), which is a research organization specializing in the analysis of security vulnerabilities. The objective of the contest is to help vendors develop patches for better security, as well as filters for better customer protection. HP’s Converged Infrastructure focuses on advanced data protection in the integration of data center technologies towards improved flexibility and scalability, in the cloud computing world.

In a statement, Dan Holden, director of HP DVL, said that sponsoring the Pwn2Own contest for the fifth consecutive year enables HP to remain on the leading edge of the security industry. This helps them to offer clients unique protection against malicious attacks. This year, the Pwn2Own contest covered Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome as well as 4 mobile devices, including the Dell Venue Pro, Apple iPhone, Blackberry 9800 and Nexus S.

Interestingly the Pwn2Own contest, found its beginnings to challenge the fact that Apple’s products were immune to viruses and other computer attacks, way back in 2007. The CanSecWest computer security conference decided to host a hacking contest to prove that Apple products are also vulnerable. A cash prize of $10,000 was on offer plus a MacBook for any hacker who could break into a new fully patched MacBook. Vulnerabilities so found in this contest would be provided with all details to the manufacturer / vendor to develop the required security patches to take care of the same.

The 2008 contest had three targets – a MacBook Air running Leopard OS, a laptop running Windows Vista and a laptop running Ubuntu Linux. This time the MacBook and Windows Vista were hacked, keeping the Ubuntu intact. The 2009 contest had one more addition, namely the smartphones. Here, the Mac OS was exploited through both, Safari and Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer 8 on Windows Vista also, but the smartphones remained unaffected.

2010 saw Safari running Snow Leopard on the Mac fail, Mozilla Firefox on Windows 7 also failed, and Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) on Windows 7 was also exploited. The only browser that was not defeated was the Google Chrome. The iPhone again using Safari was also hacked. All this over the years proved that the Mac OS X, although being secure, is safer but not really any more secure than the Windows OS.

The 2011 Pwn2Own contest again saw the Apple Safari browser, and the IE 8, getting hacked. The Safari on a fully patched Mac OS X 10.6.6 MacBook was hacked. IE 8 on a 64-bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1 using three separate vulnerabilities also went down. The Google Chrome OS hacker scheduled to exploit the CR 48 Chrome OS Notebook did not show up at the venue.

In the smartphone category, the iPhone 4 and the RIM Blackberry Torch 9800 succumbed to the hackers’ onslaught. The contest seems to be an interesting venture – testing the hacker, providing the vulnerability to the manufacturer, and making the IT world more secure.

Apple® App Store

At the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, its founder Jimmy Wales, is said to have expressed concern over the amount of engagement that Apple’s iOS is controlling. Considering that Apple controls what applications are let into the store as well as what is accessed on the online store, Wales says it constitutes a closed system. One cannot blame Apple as it is not an act of monopoly but a safeguard against pirating. There are other alternatives to it from Google, the Android software. Wales is not the first to make a statement about Apple’s App Store policy as being open with their policy. The ongoing debate between Google’s Android versus Apple’s iOS has been a long one. Many still think that it would land Apple in trouble with the regulators. Apple is following a closed system. Safari is the native browser for iOS of Apple. Safari is a graphical web browser developed by Apple and distributed for free on the Internet. It was first distributed in January 2007 as a public beta version on the Mac OS X and has been downloadable for free.

When free software is downloaded, one has to get the permission from Apple. This point has been considered a closed system of operation by Wales. However, Wales admitted that while Wikipedia was open in approach to anyone who wishes to make a contribution was too complicated to fine tune and edit. Wales also seemed to play down the Internet neutrality debate and many arguments involved hypothetical dangers.

Wikipedia is an open and free community built website encyclopedia with thousands of articles contributed by its users. Where there is so much of openness, the policies of Apple on free downloads is more of a closed system and this seems to be a threat to the Wikipedia website’s policies of the open net sourcing. The question now is does the proprietary nature of content required for the new age mobiles threaten the open nature of the Internet? The answer is that the market is being split into smaller units by these organizations. Such fragmentation benefits individual companies.

Apple’s censorship looms large in the face of the existing openness of the Internet. Apple controls the working of the Apps Store and the rules are not going to be a boost to innovations.

Google™ Coming Up with WebM Plugins for Internet Explorer® and Safari®

Google has decided to make a change in its browser, that is, Chrome. The H.264 codec will replace it with the open WebMate code. That choice has raised many controversies and the company explained the reasons behind the adoption of WebMate in HTML 5. Mozilla Firefox and Opera intend to use open codecs like WebMate and Ogg Theora , without H.264 support, while Safari and Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) support it.

Google announced the availability of a plug-in for WebMate compatible browser, in this case Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari, which presumably will not support the new standard. In fact, Google explains, the plug-in WebMate is not exactly the same as Adobe Flash, but certainly not the standard specifications of HTML. The tag video of HTML5 attribute allows the browser to the choice of codecs available for rendering video content in a transparent manner to the same HTML5. Developers can continue to achieve their compliance with the standards as a possible add-on web-based WebMate will only add capacity to the browser in the context of what is permitted by the standard. The position taken by the Mountain View giant will certainly lead to reactions from the whole industry. Apple and Microsoft could change their mind and follow it.

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