Posts Tagged 'Firefox'

Does Avast Antivirus Have Security Issues?

avast-wpFirst, let me say that I have been using Avast as my antivirus for the past few months and have had no problems with it. However, yesterday, the program invited me to view my monthly security report. The link took me to a web page that I could not view without enabling JavaScript in Firefox. I am no security expert, but disabling JavaScript is generally considered to be one of the best ways to block malware on the web. I visited Avast’s home page and main download page, and received the same message. Why does a security company require an insecure JavaScript-enabled browser to use their site? My guess is just poor site design – nothing sinister. However, when their entire web site encourages dangerous activity, I have to question how solid is their antivirus product. Out of curiosity, I visited the sites of two of the other big free antivirus programs, AVG and Avira, and found that JavaScript was not required on those sites.

While this information causes concern, I plan to continue using Avast and blocking JavaScript with NoScript on Firefox. Hopefully, the antivirus will continue to perform well and they will improve their site.


Should I Use My Browser’s Do-Not-Track Setting?

Wired reports –

Judging by the frenzied claims of lawmakers like US representative Jackie Speier, enabling the Do Not Track feature ranks up there with locking doors and shredding credit card statements. “People have a right to surf the web without Big Brother watching their every move and announcing it to the world,” Speier said last February,when she introduced a bill to regulate online tracking. But none of that really matters, since the setting has no legal muscle. Websites are free to ignore it. And they do. As of June, only five had pledged to follow it—the Associated Press plus four of the hundreds of behavior-tracking ad networks whose raison d’èAtre is figuring out how you view the web.

So, the bottom line is that the ‘Do Not Track’ setting may make you feel better, but it does does no good – just like the Tea Party.

Continue reading the Wired article HERE.



Capital One Offers Different Loan Rates Based On Your Browser

TechDirt reported that people are being offered different auto loan rates based on which browser they used to visit Capital One’s site. They got 3.5% with IE and Firefox and 2.7% with Chrome. I tried it and got the opposite results , 2.7% with IE and Firefox and 3.5% with Chrome. If you want to check it yourself, here’s the auto loan rate page.

TechDirt’s post HERE.



Why Mac People Are Hated [pic]

Today, I was reading about an interesting little piece of CSS script. When I reached the end of his page, this disclaimer stunned me –

Because I use Windows, I will not link to his site, or even mention the developer’s name.

Is Chrome The Worst Browser Ever?

UPDATE – March 28, 2011

A new review is now available HERE. It features reviews of Firefox 4, Chrome 10 and IE 9.

June 2010 – Is Google’s Chrome the worst browser ever? It isn’t the worst ever, but it is the worst browser today. I originally took a look at Chrome on its release in 2008, and after recently reading a few glowing reviews, I decided to take another look at it. In 2008, I found the browser fast, but crashy and lacking in features. Now, in 2010, little has changed. Installation was quick and problem free. Chrome even did an excellent job importing my Links Bar from Firefox – I was impressed. It still seems to be fast at rendering pages.

Now the bad. I had heard a lot about how Chrome now has extensions ‘just like Firefox’, so I tried to find extensions similar to the six extensions that I use with Firefox, I could find only one of the six. Strike one!

Very few things in Chrome’s interface can be customized by the user. Buttons cannot be added or removed. The tab bar cannot be repositioned (even with an extension). For a tweaker like me, this Apple-like, our way or no way attitude is a major negative. Strike two!

I was unable to test on a Mac because Chrome is only available for OSX 10.5 and later. Lastly, I again found crash problems. Crashes occurred on only one of two Windows XP systems that were tested, indicating a possible software conflict on the suspect pc, but since no other applications on that pc have crash issues, that is strike three – Chrome, you’re out!

Also, Chrome has always tauted its ability to isolate a crash to the lone offending tab. I have never observed this behavior; when it chrashes, all tabs and the browser go down.

Chrome does make sense on netbooks, where its speed and light weight are big positives. However, with screen real estate scarce, Chrome’s lack of customization is even more painful. Why can’t the Download Bar be disabled?

Chrome may be a good choice if you want a no-frills browser, but I will not be using it. I still prefer Firefox for all of the customization that it offers. I even rate Internet Explorer slightly above Chrome, although I won’t be using IE either. Hopefully, my next review of Chrome will be more positive.
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