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June 13, 2011 by

Mozilla aims to reduce Firefox memory usage

Firefox creator Mozilla will focus on reducing the memory footprint of the browser through a dedicated MemShrink team, according to comments posted online by one of the developers.The organisation started the dedicated MemShrink effort in response to concerns from consumers over the growing memory demands of the browser.

November 23, 2009 by

IE6, IE7 hit by zero-day bug

Exploit code is available for a memory corruption flaw in Internet Explorer 6 and 7, which could allow an intruder to crash the browser or send a user to a malicious web page

April 22, 2009 by

Mozilla patches a dozen Firefox vulnerabilities

Mozilla has shipped a refresh of its flagship Firefox browser to fix a dozen documented vulnerabilities that expose users to URL spoofing, cross-site scripting, code injection and code execution attacks.The most serious fix (MFSA 2009-14) covers four browser engine and JavaScript engine crashes where Mozilla's developers found evidence of memory corruption.

March 26, 2009 by

Is IE8 really fat and slow?

Since IE8 shipped last week, I've read two criticisms repeatedly: One is the burning question of whether IE8 is faster or slower than its competitors; the other is whether it makes reasonable use of system resources. In this post, I explain why some people are seeing performance issues (and share an obscure system tweak that might just cure IE8 performance and stability problems). I also take a closer look at why you might prefer a browser that uses more memory than others.

February 24, 2009 by

Opera Mini serves up 1 petabyte of data in January 2009

Even though I have mobile phones with powerful web browsers, such as the G1 browser and S60 browser, I still go back to using Opera Mini the majority of the time. I like that I can login to my Opera Link account and have the same bookmarks on every device I use with no real effort on my part. I also find the speed to be excellent and the shortcuts and viewability to be extremely useful and attractive. On my G1 I can cache data to the storage card while the integrated browser consumes all of my onboard memory. Opera just released their latest State of the Mobile Web report for January 2009. Usage of Opera Mini went up 12.2% to 20 million unique users.

January 27, 2009 by

Opera Mini 4.2 for Android brings microSD support and video viewing capability

As I pointed out in a recent post regarding the current firmware on the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device there is a major issue with not being able to store applications or content onto the external microSD card. I get low memory errors daily and if I browse a lot with the device my browser cache fills up to 10MB+. Then when I delete the data I lose all my history, bookmarks, etc. and this really limits my usage of the G1. Opera thankfully announced today that its Opera Mini 4.2 product for the Android platform is out of beta already and available as a full release in the Android Market.

November 12, 2008 by

Google Chrome vulnerable to data theft flaw

Google has seeded a new version of its Chrome browser to developers with fixes for a pair of security issues that could expose users to data theft.The issue, rated as a "moderate" risk could allow hackers to use HTML files to steal arbitrary files from a victim's machine.

August 11, 2008 by

Alarmed about Vista security? Black Hat researcher Alexander Sotirov speaks out

Earlier today I published a lengthy blog post questioning some of the sensationalist conclusions raised in press coverage of a paper presented by Alexander Sotirov and Mark Dowd at last week’s Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas. This afternoon, I received an e-mail from Sotirov, who says he was "horrified by the lack of understanding displayed by the tech press when they covered the paper." He agreed to a follow-up interview, in which we discussed Microsoft's reaction to their research, how Windows users should respond to this news, and how they conducted field research into whether girls really are impressed by browser memory protection bypasses.

July 7, 2008 by

IT Dojo: Control users' temporary Internet files and browser history

In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you a simple monitoring solution that uses Windows Server 2003 Group Policy.Before watching the video, you should realize this tip isn't right for every situation. This method uses Windows XP and Internet Explorer's local browsing history. To view the history files, you must physically visit each machine, remotely access the machine, or copy the files to a network location with a script. Furthermore, a sophisticated end-user could easily navigate to and delete the browser history. This monitoring technique is best suited when monitoring a small number of users, or better yet, a single, problem user.

June 17, 2008 by

Firefox 3 RELEASED: Thoughts?

As you're all well aware by now, the latest version of everyone's favorite browser is slated for release today.There's been a whole lot of coverage of the release -- Adrian Kingsley-Hughes details the changes here, Mary Jo Foley covers Microsoft competition here, musings about memory usage here and benchmarking here.


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