Inspired by a piece of fictional software described in Cory Doctorow's book Little Brother, developer Ben West created a browser plugin that should, in theory, make it difficult for advertisers and government agencies to create an accurate profile of an Internet user based on the websites he visits.
When choosing to import his Safari bookmarks and settings into Google's Chrome browser, software developer Elliot Kember discovered that although it seemed like he could opt out of importing his saved passwords, he had no choice but to do it: "Why is 'Saved passwords' greyed out, and mandatory? Why have a check-box? This is the illusion of choice," he says, and points out another thing that troubles him: the imported passwords can easily be revealed to anyone having physical access to the computer, via a click on the "Show" button in Chrome’s settings panel.
Hijacked social networking accounts can be monetized in a number of ways, so cyber crooks are always thinking up new ways of doing so, preferably without the user noticing.
Back in May, NSS Labs shared the results of their testing of how successful popular Web browsers are in detecting malware, showing that the latest versions of Internet Explorer (10) and Chrome (25/26) were considerably more effective that those of Safari (5), Firefox (19) and Opera (12): Their latest testing and reports concentrate on phishing protection and privacy settings.
Late last week, Google has announced that submissions to the Chrome Web Store will, from now on, be checked for malware.
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