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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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…
Firefox turns encrypted DNS on by default to thwart snooping ISPs

Firefox turns encrypted DNS on by default to thwart snooping ISPs

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Firefox will start switching browser users to Cloudflare's encrypted-DNS service today and roll out the change across the United States in the coming weeks. "Today, Firefox began the rollout of encrypted DNS over HTTPS (DoH) by default for US-based users," Firefox maker Mozilla said in an announcement scheduled to go live at this link Tuesday morning.…
The fractured future of browser privacy

The fractured future of browser privacy

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In the 1990s, web browsers like Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer competed bitterly to offer the snazziest new features and attract users. Today, the browser landscape looks totally different. For one thing, Chrome now dominates, controlling around two-thirds of the market on both desktop and mobile. Even more radical, though, is the recent competitive…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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