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US Requiring HTTPS for all Public Government Websites

Posted on 09 June 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Lately U.S. government websites have been the brunt of attacks where hackers found ways to deface some of them and collect sensitive data in other cases. To put a stop to this chaos, it is being mandated by the U.S. government that all public government websites utilizing the HTTPS security protocol.

HTTPS deployment is an assurance of a website having authenticated communications with the data sent back and forth over the internet. With HTTPS, which is known as HTTP over SSL or HTTP Secure, websites are encrypted and decrypted with the information that they transmit. Basically, use of HTTPS will make the data transmitted to and from government websites encrypted where attackers could not compromise the information or use it to wage an attack against the sites.

Computer users who often surf the web visiting financial sites or make purchases on legitimate shopping sites are accustomed to seeing a HTTPS site load where the URL field of most web browsers is highlighted green or shows a lock icon. In such cases of using HTTPS, the site prevents eavesdropping and will ultimately ensure the U.S. government of information transmitted over the vast internet being secure.

With the actions of the government making all publicly accessible sites use HTTPS, it will be difficult for third parties to intercept communications. In the end, this will fortify the U.S. government and make the sites secure for all users, not use those outside of the U.S. government.

The U.S. CIO, Tony Scott, said, “With this new requirement, the Federal web community seeks to drive faster internet-wide adoption of HTTPS and promote better privacy standards for the entire browsing public.”

With Edward Snowden’s many revelations about the U.S. government and their alleged snooping on the public, the irony gets thick as attackers and hacker activist groups wage war on many U.S. government sites that have proven to be vulnerable.

In March, the proposal of mandatory use of HTTPS was issued after the government started accepting comments on its plans from the security community and public. As it turns out, the consideration is a real thing and is in process of being deployed.

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Google Chrome Adds ‘Reset’ Feature For Detecting & Preventing Browser Hijacker Actions

Posted on 06 February 2014 by GranTorinoGuy

Google has upped the ante when it comes to internet security by adding a new feature to prevent browser hijacking on top of its ability to quickly reset browser settings. This new feature will now prompt users when the browser detects that it has been hijacked by an add-on or other software just installed.

Browser Hijackers are a serious issue and are growing by the minute. Usually PC users get browser hijackers on their system through the download of Freeware or some type of shareware program. Once this app installs, it will load a browser hijacker program that changes internet settings to load an alternate default home page on your browser.

The new browser hijacker detection system on Google Chrome will now display an alert asking if you would like to reset altered Chrome settings. This alert comes about in the event that it noticed another program attempting to change default or current settings within the browser, mainly being the default home page or default search engine site.

Google Chrome already had a quick reset option built into it but it took the action of the computer user to use it and most times it was too late after a browser hijacker conducted its malicious actions.

We look for this new feature to be very beneficial for computer users in the case that aggressive browser hijackers are installed and attempt to alter your settings, it can be stopped dead in its tracks. However, it is still in a computer user’s best interest to completely remove any browser hijacker software on their system. Allowing browser hijackers to continually run on your system may initiate this feature to display its alerts each time you open up a new browser window until the hijacker is completely removed.

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Opera 10.5 Beta Beats Chrome as the Fastest Browser Ever

Posted on 15 February 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Opera's 10.5 browser has soared to new heights, leaving competitors like Internet Explorer far behind.

Opera's 10.5 browser has soared to new heights, leaving competitors like Internet Explorer far behind.

Opera Software has produced the world’s fastest browser.

The software company put all its rivals to shame with Opera 10.5, according to recent software tests.

Opera 10.5 – which is powered by a new JavaScript engine – was released late last week. The tests revealed that Opera 10.5 is nearly 15% faster than Safari for Windows and almost 20% faster than Google’s Chrome. Previously, Safari and Chrome held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots as the fastest browsers.

Opera’s preview was more than twice as fast as Mozilla’s Firefox 3.6, over eight times faster than Opera 10.10, and 10 times faster than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), placing it miles ahead of competitors.

Opera has been also ran in JavaScript speed tests for almost two years, ever since developers working on WebKit, the open-source browser engine that powers Apple’s Safari, began bragging about massive JavaScript performance increases. Since then Mozilla built a new JavaScript engine for Firefox, and Google upped the ante with Chrome. The only browser Opera regularly beat in JavaScript races was the sluggish IE8.

Opera 10.5 features a new JavaScript rendering engine called Carakan which has a new vector graphics library called Vega that handles all graphics in the browser. Opera claims that Vega produces graphics three times faster than the library used by Opera 10.10, the company’s current browser.

Other additions include a new interface which reduces the space for menus, support for Windows 7′s Aero Peek and Jump List features, an address bar that brings the history and bookmark search of Firefox’s Awesomebar to Opera, and the ability to mark any tab as private so there’s no record of sites visited.

Opera 10.5′s beta is available for Windows, but alpha builds of the Mac and Linux versions can be downloaded from the Opera Desktop Team blog.

The Norwegian browser maker has not set a date for 10.5 to be shipped, but has revealed that versions for Windows will hit the shelves shortly. Opera says when final code for Windows is released, betas for Mac and Linux betas will be ready.

Have you downloaded the new Opera version? How does compare to the other web browsers that you use?

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