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Firefox gets patch for critical zeroday that’s being actively exploited

Firefox gets patch for critical zeroday that’s being actively exploited

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Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox that fixes an actively exploited zeroday that could allow attackers to take control of users' computers. In an advisory, Mozilla rated the vulnerability critical and said it was "aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw." The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said one…
Firefox 72 blocks fingerprinting scripts by default, rethinks notification pop-ups

Firefox 72 blocks fingerprinting scripts by default, rethinks notification pop-ups

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Enlarge / Mozilla's office in San Francisco. Mozilla has released Firefox 72, an update that, like many recent browser updates, focuses on privacy features—specifically, ways to deal with fingerprinting, and a new way of managing websites' requests to send you notifications. Mozilla made it possible to block website notifications altogether in a previous update to…
Comcast battles Google’s encrypted-DNS strategy however assures not to spy on users

Comcast battles Google’s encrypted-DNS strategy however assures not to spy on...

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Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018. Getty Images | Andrei Stanescu Comcast has gone on the record to say that it does not track its broadband users' Web browsing histories, even though the company is lobbying against a Google plan that could make it harder for ISPs to track their…
Google, Apple, and Mozilla obstruct Kazakhstan federal government’s internet browser spying

Google, Apple, and Mozilla obstruct Kazakhstan federal government’s internet browser spying

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Getty Images | Thomas Jackson Major browser makers are blocking the use of a root certificate that Kazakhstan's government has used to intercept Internet traffic. Mozilla and Google issued a joint announcement today saying that "the companies deployed technical solutions within Firefox and Chrome to block the Kazakhstan government's ability to intercept Internet traffic within…
Powerful Firefox 0-day utilized to set up unnoticed backdoors on Macs

Powerful Firefox 0-day utilized to set up unnoticed backdoors on Macs

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Enlarge / The fox animoji. Hackers exploited a pair of potent zero-day vulnerabilities in Firefox to infect Mac users with a largely undetected backdoor, according to accounts pieced together from multiple people. Mozilla released an update on Tuesday that fixed a code-execution vulnerability in a JavaScript programming method known as Array.pop. On Thursday, Mozilla issued…
Firefox Send out lets you send out files approximately 2.5 GB with time and download limitations

Firefox Send out lets you send out files approximately 2.5 GB...

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When you first visit the site, you get this simple interface. Samuel Axon After you click the "Select files to upload button," you pick the file you want to send from your local machine. Samuel Axon From here, you can set the time limit, download limit, and password. Samuel Axon The file uploads with a…
TIL: Firefox has an obscure function to spare your blushes on the new-tab page

TIL: Firefox has an obscure function to spare your blushes on...

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Enlarge / That "Top Sites" section should never contain anything too embarrassing. For many of us, our browsers' new-tab pages are something of a liability. Whichever browser you use, they all follow a fairly similar style: a bunch of boxes linking to the sites that we use and visit regularly. This is great when your…
Google isn’t the business that we must have handed the Web over to

Google isn’t the business that we must have handed the Web...

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With Microsoft's decision to end development of its own Web rendering engine and switch to Chromium, control over the Web has functionally been ceded to Google. That's a worrying turn of events, given the company's past behavior. Chrome itself has about 72 percent of the desktop-browser market share. Edge has about 4 percent. Opera, based…
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla come together to end TLS 1.0

Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla come together to end TLS 1.0

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Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have announced a unified plan to deprecate the use of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 early in 2020. TLS (Transport Layer Security) is used to secure connections on the Web. TLS is essential to the Web, providing the ability to form connections that are confidential, authenticated, and tamper-proof. This has made…

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