As the security flaw of Internet Explorer was made public by Microsoft recently, scammers moved on to the offensive to take advantage of this major loophole to create a niche for their dirty work.
According to the email, “It has come to our attention that your Microsoft windows Installation records are out of date. Every Windows installation has to be tied to an email account for update. This requires you to verify your email account being the recipient of this update. Failure to verify your records will result in account suspension. Click on the verify button below and enter your login information on the following page to Confirm your records.”
Once the recipient of the email clicks on the link, he is then taken to a fraudulent website that asks them to select their email service and then login.
Individuals who are tricked into inputting their information now provides his information to the phisher. He would then be redirected to a legitimate Microsoft support page.
According to Hoax-Slayer, “while such phishing expeditions are all too common, this one casts a wider net than most by targeting users of several well-known email service providers rather than just one. In fact, by including ‘Other emails’ as a choice on the scam website, the criminals are effectively targeting users of virtually any email service.”
If you are using Internet Explorer, be careful of scammers then!
In another huge setback for their Web browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer makes PCs vulnerable to attacks due to a newly discovered bug.
In a bid to protect their users, Microsoft has warned all those who use IE to download a security software to lessen the risk of being infected by the malware.
This bug affects millions of IE users by making them vulnerable to attack from hackers who exploit the bug to infect the computer of IE users who visit a malicious site. This will allow the hacker to take control of the victim’s computer.
Microsoft said that IE users should install a security software as a means to protect their computers temporarily. This is a temporary fix to the problem as Microsoft tries to find a final solution to the bug.
Called the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or Emet, this free security tool can be downloaded on the official website of Microsoft for free.
But analysts say that installation of this temporary fix may be troublesome to IE users so they suggest to use other Web browsers for the meantime. They can download Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox and other Web browsers.
But will those who opt to install new Web browsers go back to IE after Microsoft fixes the bug? That is the problem.
Windows users who are big Safari fans may be disappointed with the recent development made by the browser’s developer Apple, as the latter has decided to pull Safari for Windows out, just in time for the release of Apple’s Safari 6.
However, Windows users can still download Safari version 5.1.7 after tediously scouring for the download link in Apple’s support pages.
The Safari version that can be downloaded by Windows users is the same with the Web browser that came with OS X 10.7.4 a couple of months ago.
People speculate that Apple’s reason for pulling the plug for the Safari for Windows is that Apple is no longer interested in giving Windows a port for its OS X browser.
Safari currently lags behind Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome with a 4.7% share of the browser market.
According to Forbes writer Adrian Kinsely-Hughes, “While I find Safari to be an adequate browser for the Mac OS X platform, when it comes to Windows I’d put it behind Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and even Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. In fact, the only time I even fire it up on Windows is when I’m testing something.”
Chrome became the app store’s most downloaded free app on the iPad and the iPhone, and it doesn’t look like that trend might change for days.
Google Chrome is considered as one of the popular Internet browsers out there, as of the moment even trumping Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox in some states and countries.
Google Chrome’s biggest draw is the ability to sync tabs, passwords from your PC or notebook Chrome browser to other devices and bookmarks. This makes Internet browsing easier for you if you use multiple devices to access it.
But Apple isn’t ready to jump on the bandwagon yet, as the company doesn’t intend to change their default browser to the Chrome. That distinction is still being held by Apple’s very own Safari.
Although developer Jon Abrams created an iOS Safari bookmarklet to open pages in your Chrome browser.
You can name the bookmark “Open in Chrome.” When you select it, it will open your current Safari page in Google’s browser.
Social networking site Twitter said that they are now going to honor Do Not Track requests so as for users to better improve their privacy control.
Director of growth and international at Twitter Othman Laraki said, “These tailored suggestions are based on accounts followed by other Twitter users and visits to websites in the Twitter ecosystem.”
“We receive visit information when sites have integrated Twitter buttons or widgets, similar to what many other companies – including LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube – do when they’re integrated into websites.”
By recognizing which accounts are frequently followed by people who visit popular sites, we can recommend those accounts to others who have visited those sites within the last ten days.”
Do Not Track is a privacy setting available in a few browsers; it basically tells websites that you have opted out of tracking by way of an HTTP header.
If you choose not to be tracked at browser level, some websites will be unable to allow third parties to note what websites you visit and when to inform advertising and analytics.
Unfortunately, not all websites agree not to track you and not all browsers have the option.
It is currently available only from Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox. Google has assured their followers that their own Chrome browser will have the option before the year ends.
Internet Explorer’s popularity has been constantly declining over the years. Yet, it still is among the top web browsers for personal computers. Mobile devices on the other hand have their own king. IE has really not mattered at all and Opera has been lording it over the browser competition for mobile phones.
Unfortunately, Opera’s hold on the top spot has been lost. According to StatCounter, Android’s built-in Web browser is now the new leader in the field.
The main reason for the change in leadership is basically the same reason why the IE is still the most used browser in the whole world. And that is because Android’s account for over 50 percent of all smartphone sales.
Last month, StatCounter reported that Android had a 22.67% share of the market. Opera comes in at second with a 21.7% share and iPhones built-in browser ranks third at 21.06%. Nokia’s Symbian is at fourth with an 11.24%.
Though the hold of Android on the top is precariously unstable due to the fact that Opera has its supporters. Google is also bringing the Chrome Web browser to Android. So this might slice the market share of Android.
But the problem for Opera is, can they prevent the Chrome for mobile from eating their share?
The question is not who are those companies trying to bypass Microsoft Internet Explorer’s privacy settings. The question that needs to be raised is which companies are not trying to bypass IE’s privacy settings.
As news broke that search engine giant Google was able to circumvent Apple’s Safari browser, Microsoft also revealed that the company bypassed privacy settings in IE as well. According to TechPolicy, Google isn’t the only one as Facebook is also doing the same as well as thousands of other companies out there.
IE blocks cookies from third party sources that doesn’t have a special code – the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) allows websites to declare their intended use of information they get from the browser.
IE blocks cookies that are deemed unsatisfactory from a privacy perspective. Unfortunately for them, companies have been able to circumvent their defenses.
According to Facebook, they don’t have a P3P policy. In a Facebook Help Center entry they wrote:
Facebook’s Platform for privacy Preferences (P3P)
Thanks for your interest in privacy at Facebook. You are seeing this message because you attempted to access Facebook’s Platform for privacy Preferences (P3P) compact policy.
The organization that established P3P, the World Wide Web Consortium, suspended its work on this standard several years ago because most modern web browsers do not fully support P3P. As a result, the P3P standard is now out of date and does not reflect technologies that are currently in use on the web, so most website currently do not have P3P policies.
Microsoft’s in-house browser, Internet Explorer, seems to have difficulty in finding ways to stop the continuing fall of their market share.
The Internet Explorer has lost eight-tenths of a percentage point last month to finish with a share of 51.9%. These figures are based on metrics company Net Applications. They also added that IE dropped 7 points and only had one month when they did not lose share during the past year.
One company that benefited much from IE’s woes is search giant Google. Their browser Chrome grew its share by nine-tenths of a percentage point to end at having a 19.1% share. They are expected to reach 20% by the end of February.
According to head of IE marketing Roger Captiotti in a blog post last Dec. 30, “we’re pleased to say IE9… will soon take the top spot from IE8 on Windows 7, with usage share expected to come in at nearly 25.6% this month.”
Google Chrome is the one gaining the market share losses of IE and Mozilla Firefox. The latter lost three-tenths of a point last December and 1.9% for 2011. They ended with a 21.8% share for the year.
Yup, if you’re gonna buy a Sony VAIO today, it’ll probably come with Google Chrome pre-installed in your unit.
The FT reports that Google has announced Monday about their new alliance with Sony’s PC division to help promote their one-year-old browser.
“Awareness is shockingly low. It’s absolutely a problem that people don’t know what a browser is, or how to evaluate one,” Brian Rakowski, Google’s product manager for Chrome said.
Although backed by a very powerful company and a good browser too, if I say so myself, Chrome isn’t doing that well in terms of exposure. Rakowski claims that the browser has already gained 30 million active users. However this number is just mere 2% of the overall internet-using population, compared to Internet Explorer’s 68% share.
And speaking of IE, for those fans of the browser, don’t worry because Sony’s VAIO still comes pre-installed with Internet Explorer too.
But although Chrome belongs to the bottom half of browser popularity, it has already prompted its rivals to keep up with Chrome’s faster speed and clean interface.
“It’s not so important everyone uses Google Chrome, it’s more important browser technology evolves as fast as it can,” Rakowski said.