Mozilla’s free password manager designed for users of the Firefox web browser is today officially arriving on Android. The standalone app, called Firefox Lockbox, offers a simple if a bit basic way for users to access their logins already stored in their Firefox browser from their mobile device. The app is nowhere near as developed […]View More Mozilla’s free password manager, Firefox Lockbox, launches on Android
A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently […]View More EU gov’t and public health sites lousy with adtech, study finds
Last fall, Opera introduced Opera Touch for iOS – a solid alternative to Safari on iPhone, optimized for one-handed use. Today, the company is rolling out a notable new feature to this app: cookie blocking. Yes, it can now block those annoying dialogs that ask you to accept the website’s cookies. These are particularly problematic […]View More Opera Touch brings website cookie blocking to iOS
Believe it or not, there are still people using Internet Explorer — and Microsoft would like them to stop.
Microsoft cybersecurity expert Chris Jackson recently published a post on the official Windows IT Pro blog, titled “.” Jackson urges users that it’s time to stop using its old web browser, a product Microsoft officially discontinued in 2015.
In his post, Jackson explains how Microsoft customers still ask him Internet Explorer related questions for their business. The fact of the matter is that while most average internet users have moved on to Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft’s Edge, some businesses are still working with older web apps or sites that were designed for Internet Explorer. Instead of updating its tech, many companies have chosen to just keep using the various enterprise compatibility modes of Microsoft’s old web browser. Read more…View More Microsoft cybersecurity expert: Please, stop using Internet Explorer as a web browser
Opera’s bringing back its VPN (virtual private network) service, albeit in a slightly different format.
In 2016, the company launched a free VPN app for Android (followed by an iOS launch) but the app was discontinued last year. Soon, however, Opera will offer the free VPN service again, as part of its Opera browser for Android.
The feature is currently undergoing testing and is slowly rolling out to Opera beta users, the company said in a blog post Thursday.
Once you turn the option on, you can choose your virtual location — the choices aren’t as good as you’d get from a commercial VPN service, but you do get to choose whether you want to be virtually located in Europe, America or Asia. Opera claims it’s not keeping any usage logs. Read more…View More Opera browser to bring built-in VPN on Android
Remember that massive data leak of mortgage and loan data we reported on Wednesday? In case you missed it, millions of documents were found leaking after an exposed Elasticsearch server was found without a password. The data contained highly sensitive financial data on tens of thousands of individuals who took out loans or mortgages over […]View More Massive mortgage and loan data leak gets worse as original documents also exposed
So you want to browse the web securely and privately? Here’s a hard truth: it’s almost impossible. It’s not just your internet provider that knows which sites you visit, it’s also the government — and other governments! And when it’s not them, it’s social media sites, ad networks or apps tracking you across the web […]View More How to browse the web securely and privately
Popular animated avatar creator app Boomoji, with more than five million users across the world, exposed the personal data of its entire user base after it failed to put passwords on two of its internet-facing databases. The China-based app developer left the ElasticSearch databases online without passwords — a U.S.-based database for its international customers; and […]View More A popular ‘boomoji’ app exposed millions of users’ contact lists and location data
Remember the browser wars? In 1995, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer and started bundling it with Windows in order to snatch away market share from the then-dominant browser, Netscape. It worked — in the early naughts, all everyone ever used for browsing was Internet Explorer.
But then came the alternatives: Firefox in 2004 and Google’s Chrome 2008. These browsers were faster and more advanced than Internet Explorer and they slowly chipped away at Microsoft’s browser market share, prompting Microsoft to essentially kill IE in 2015 and replace it with Edge.
Now, however, we may be near the point in which Microsoft throws in the towel and switches to a browser based on Chromium, Google’s open-source browser project upon which Chrome (and several other browser, like Brave or Opera) is built. Read more…View More Microsoft’s next browser might be based on Chromium
A ruling in late October against a little known French adtech firm that popped up on the national data watchdog’s website earlier this month, is causing ripples of excitement to run through privacy watchers in Europe who believe it signals the beginning of the end for creepy online ads. The excitement is palpable. Impressively so, […]View More How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good
Mozilla is adding a new security feature to its Firefox Quantum web browser that will alert users when they visit a website that has recently reported a data breach. When a Firefox user lands on a website with a breach in its recent past they’ll see a pop up notification informing them of the barebones […]View More Mozilla adds website breach notifications to Firefox
The internet has erupted over Google’s latest Chrome release — and not in a good way.
With an updated user interface, enhanced password manager, and a slew of other updates, you would assume the latest version of Google’s popular web browser, Chrome 69, would be eliciting some pretty good responses.
But security experts just shined a light on a controversial feature that came with the latest Google Chrome that previously wasn’t announced by the search giant.
A Google Chrome user recently pointed out on Hacker News that Google now forces you to login to your Google account on Chrome if you login to any other Google service using the browser. Logging out of a Google service will also force log you out of Google Chrome. Read more…View More Why experts are freaking out over the new way Google Chrome sign-in works