NSS Labs issued results of its second test of web browser protection against socially engineered malware. Social engineering is a technique of deceiving Web users to receive their personal information and get profit out of it. As an example, this can be an email supposedly sent by your bank with the request to confirm your credit card details. Or it may be sent supposedly by your social network support staff and contain a link to the fake page where you should enter your username and password to verify your profile or get access to the new interface. Both credit card details and your profile details will be used by violators to get material or immaterial profit. Even the most experienced Web user can be hooked by “social engineers”. It’s needless to say that newbie can be hooked by them easily. That’s why we need protection against this way too widespread web evil.
12 days’ testing of the most popular web browsers conducted by NSS Labs showed which browsers protect users from visiting malicious web sites best of all. NSS Labs tested the latest generally available versions of web browsers and got the following results:
- Internet Explorer 8 became a leader with almost 81% protection from malware. This great result proves that SmartScreen technology is really worthwhile. The result is even more overwhelming when compared to Internet Explorer 7‘s 4% protection – IE has made a great progress.
- Firefox 3 achieved 27% catch rate against malware. This is the highest result among products based on Google SafeBrowsing API.
- Safari 4 – 21%.
- Chrome 2 – 7%.
- Opera 10 Beta as well as Opera 9 provides almost no protection with 1% catch rate.
Do you hate using Internet Explorer just like I do? Even if your answer is “yes”, this report gives cause to consider using it once again 🙂 . Meanwhile, you can download the full report here.
Do you want to learn who is who on Twitter? Who are your new Twitter friends – promoters or engagers, what are chances they will respond to direct messages, what percent of their posts contains links, retweets, hashtags, etc.? Learn the truth at TwitTruth.com. It gives various statistics about Twitter accounts registered in TwitTruth.
You can add your account by simply logging in to Twitter and allowing TwitTruth to access your account. Also, you can invite other Twitter users to add their accounts.
One more interesting thing – on a home page of TwitTruth.com you will find a list of the top 500 Twitter users and statistics for their accounts. Go and learn the Twitter Truth!
In a year after the record braking Firefox 3.0, Mozilla releases Firefox 3.5 to make web surfing even faster and handier.
Here are the new features of FF 3.5 and tips how to use them:
Private Browsing: surf the Web without leaving a single trace. Start to browse privately by clicking Tools > Start Private Browsing or Ctrl+Shift+P.
Forget About This Site: the option to forget about a particular web site you have visited that means all entries related to that site will be removed from your browser history. To forget a site, go to History > Show all history (or press Ctrl+Shift+H) and in the Library window right-click the site you want Firefox to forget about and select Forget About This Site.
Smooth Scrolling through Tabs: if you have a lot of tabs open, put your mouse on the row of tabs and scroll with the mouse wheel through tabs to easily find the one you need. Note that scrolling works only when you have so many tabs opened that the scrolling arrows appear on the right and on the left of tabs row.
If you have not so many tabs opened, you can try this shortcut for fast moving to the tab you need: press Ctrl + the number of tab you want to view, for example, Ctrl+2 for the second tab.
Location-Aware Browsing: Firefox 3.5 comes with a new location-aware browsing (geolocation) feature that is enabled by default. It identifies your location using your computer’s IP, Google’s random client identifier, etc. and share it with the websites that ask for location data. Don’t be scared, data isn’t shared without your permission. Any time a website asks for your location data, Firefox will show you a message so that you can choose whether you want to share or not to share geolocation data with this website. Settings you chose can be remembered for this site so that you shouldn’t click buttons every time you visit the website.
If you don’t like the idea to share your geolocation data at all, try more advanced way to solve the problem. Type about:config in the Firefox address bar, enter geo.enabled into the filter form. Double-click geo.enabled entry so that its value become “false”. Geolocation feature is now disabled for you.
My dear readers, this post will be the starting point of my monthly summaries of interesting and important news from all around the Web. I’ll be glad to see your comments, feedback or additions.
So, let’s start:
2. Gmail added new features to Labs:
- Undo Send lets you to cancel sending e-mail during a few seconds after clicking Send button.
- YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and Yelp previews are available directly in the message.
3. Microsoft launched The WorldWide Telescope Web Client Alpha to let you explore the univerce from within your browser. Web Client requires Microsoft Silverlight to be installed on your computer. It has less features than Windows client, but it’s still a great innovation, and a probable competitor of Google Sky.
4. Google made improvements to search results pages:
- More useful related searches is now can be found for every query.
- Longer snippets (a few lines of text that describe found pages in search results) for long queries.
5. Twitter fans was fooled by BBspot’s “Twitter Premium Account” hoax.
6. Blizzard improved their popular Battle.net. The main change is a “centralized account system that will let players manage all of their Blizzard Entertainment games, including World of Warcraft and future games, in one place without having to remember multiple sets of login information.”
This is what the March was for Internet community. And now we’re waiting for April and its news and innovations.