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Google yanks Chrome add-on that scraped data from 1.2M users

Google has removed a data-scraping Chrome extension from its browser mart after security firms reported that the add-on was transferring data about more than a million users.

Large Google malvertising campaign hits users

A large number of ads distributed by a Google advertising partner in Bulgaria redirected users to Web-based exploits that tried to install malware on their computers.

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Microsoft rolls back commitment to Do Not Track

Microsoft today rolled back its commitment to the nearly-dead "Do Not Track" standard, saying it would no longer automatically switch on the signal in its browsers.

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Google's cert sanction may hamper browsing, trigger China retaliation

The impact of Google's decision to remove the root certificates issued by a Chinese certificate authority could hamper millions of Chrome users, particularly those in China.

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Like Google, Mozilla set to punish Chinese agency for certificate debacle

The Mozilla Foundation plans to reject new digital certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center in its products, but will continue to trust certificates that already exist.

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Google amps up assault on adware

One in 20 personal computers is infected with an "ad injector," according to Google, which previewed a few tidbits from research it plans to publish in May.

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Microsoft updates Windows 10, debuts Project Spartan browser

Microsoft released an update to Windows 10 Technical Preview that included Project Spartan, the code name for the new browser that will be the default in the operating system as the company pushes Internet Explorer (IE) into the...

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First look: Project Spartan, Microsoft's next-generation Web browser

Microsoft’s new browser combines a minimalist look and feel with a rendering engine designed to keep pace with a rapidly evolving Web.

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Microsoft draws line between Spartan and IE11 browsers

Microsoft on Tuesday said that, contrary to earlier statements, it would not make Project Spartan, the new browser for Windows 10, backward compatible with websites and Web apps designed expressly for Internet Explorer (IE).

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10 specialized browsers that will make you forget about Chrome, Firefox and IE

Sick of the Big Three browsers? These eight obscure (but useful) alternatives can scratch your niche itches.

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A visual history of Microsoft's Internet Explorer

The rise and demise of Internet Explorer, the once-dominant Web browser.

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All four major browsers hacked at Pwn2Own

Security researchers at this week's Pwn2Own hacking contest demonstrated remote code execution exploits against the top four browsers and hacked the widely used Adobe Reader and Flash Player plug-ins.

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Internet Explorer is an ex-browser (following a prolonged squawk)

Microsoft is killing off IE. In Windows 10, the new 'Project Spartan' browser will take the lead. RIP IE: 1995–2015. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers run down the curtain and join the choir-invisible...

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Anything but IE: Microsoft searches for new browser's name

Microsoft has confirmed that the new default browser in Windows 10 will not be named "Internet Explorer," essentially marking the end of a 20-year reign.

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Google courts Firefox users with new dump-Yahoo appeal

Google upped the ante in its appeal to Firefox users to restore its search engine as the default, embedding a prominent plea above the search results.


Web browsers are also to blame for Lenovo's Superfish fiasco

That no web browser prominently displays the name of the Certificate Authority vouching for a supposedly secure website makes man-in-the-middle attacks, such as the one by Superfish, possible. Techies can find this information, but it...

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Time for all Windows users to FREAK out over encryption bug

Microsoft on Thursday confirmed that Windows was vulnerable to FREAK attacks, and researchers changed their tune, saying Internet Explorer (IE) users were at risk.

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STOP! Installing Java on a Mac? Don't just click OK...

Oracle is the latest vendor under fire for (ahem) 'potentially unwanted' shovelware. Mac users installing or updating to the latest version Java are finding their shinies infected with the Ask Toolbar. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fume...

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