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Firefox 2 Comes Out Tuesday

If you watch as many Firefox RSS feeds as I do, you probably noticed about three dozen of them starting out with this same headline. Firefox 2 is coming out tomorrow! Finally all the folks that might have been holding out on downloading a release candidate can sink their teeth into the latest and greatest Mozilla offering.

In a quick Security Bits video, I think the guys over at Cnet have it summed up the best. Internet Explorer 7 is better than IE 6, but doesn’t beat Firefox.

+ Watch the Security Bites Video Segment!

Mozilla and Microsoft Meet

Mozilla has returned from Microsoft’s headquarters after meeting with the Open Source Director regarding Windows Vista. There were several different things that Mozilla wanted to address especially concerning new security features and restrictions that Microsoft placed in Vista. Here are some of the things that Mozilla had wanted to discuss…

+ Read More About The Meeting at CyberNet News!

Revealing Passwords in Firefox

So you think your passwords are all nice and safe inside your browser? Well, you might want to think again. Here is a way to check out all your passwords without any hacking involved.

Go to the Firefox “Preferences” click on “Privacy” and then on the “Passwords” tab. Click on the button in the bottom left saying “View Saved Passwords”. Then a new window pops up and there is another button, saying “Show Passwords” and another dialog box asking for confirmation. But that’s about it. There you go! All passwords can be seen in blank text!

+ Read More About Revealing Your Passwords in Firefox!

Understanding the Firefox Symantecs

Symantec had some harsh things to say about Firefox, and now the Mozilla team has decided to speak out and put any rumors out there to rest.

The Symantec Internet Security Threat Report came out yesterday. Of all the metrics that they are using, number of vulnerabilities gets top billing. This is possibly because this concept is easiest for people to understand: Count up the number of bugs. Product with the least bugs is declared to be more secure. It is, of course, much more complex than that.

+ Read More About the Firefox/Symantec Security Brawling!

Fire Encrypter

Want Firefox to help you encrypt your secret files and documents? Maybe you just want to learn more about the encryption process? No matter which camp you fall into, the Fire Encrypter Firefox extension is for you. It brings the top secret world of encryption right into your favorite little browser.

[Learn More About Fire Encrypter!]

Secure Google Calendar

It might be a ‘bit of a work around, but there is a way you can get a secure login for Google’s Calendar application. If you use Google Calendar, I would suggest you give this a shot for more security.

In fact, even if you change your Google Calendar bookmark URL to https, you’ll often be redirected to a plain old http connection. boo, Google! That’s why I’ve found Mark Pilgrim’s GMail Secure Greasemonkey script invaluable. It’s built to force a secure connection for GMail, but the script itself is so generic that it works for other sites.

+ Read More About Securing Google Calendar in Firefox!

Anonymous Web Browsing With Torpark

Torpark is a browser based on Mozilla’s Firefox that promises to give folks anonymous Web browsing. Why is this something new? Well, it is the first anonymous browsing tool that doesn’t require you make a dozen changes to your browser or jump through anymore hoops past installing to work.

Torpark uses the Tor network of internet routers set up by the Electronic Frontier Foundation that already has tens of thousands of regular users.

Whenever any computer connects to the net it freely shares information about the address it is using. This is so any data it requests is sent back to the right place.

The Tor network tries to stop this information being shared in two ways. First, it encrypts traffic between a computer and the Tor network of routers – this makes it much harder to spy on the traffic and pinpoint who is doing what.

Related Reading:
+ Official Torpark Web Site
+ BBC News – Free anonymising browser debuts
+ Boing Boing – Torpark is out

Mozilla Patches Firefox

Have you updated your version of Firefox yet?

Mozilla Corp. Thursday updated its Firefox browser to fix 7 flaws, including 4 pegged by the open-source developer as “Critical.” Of the four critical vulnerabilities patched in Firefox 1.5.0.7, none are currently being exploited, Mozilla said in detailed descriptions of each fixed flaw. In fact, Mozilla said in several of the descriptions that it was not sure whether the specific vulnerabilities could be exploited, but had issued patches just in case.

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Extentions and Security

Over the past few weeks, I have seen more extensions that have “warnings” on them, like this:

It does not track webpages you visit. It does not change your browser behaviour, browser homepage or search results. Please see our privacy policy here…

Now when I see something like that telling me it isn’t watching me, I know most of the time it is. I just want to tell everybody to be careful with extensions that give you warnings like this.