Last week Google announced that they will no longer be accepting ads that feature Flash. This new should really come as no surprise as Flash (and its spirit brother Java) have taken a beating on the security front for years. Abobe and Oracle have been unable to keep the bad guys from running rampant with their code. Of course the change will not take place overnight so everyone has the chance to swap out that old and insecure Flash for the new and (insecure) HTML5.
If there was ever an indication that virtual reality might make it in the mainstream market it is when the web browsers start to support it. So far we have heard rumblings that Microsoft, Google and even Mozilla will be throwing their lot in with the VR gang. One of the big reasons for this is that Facebook has already pushed into that territory with their purchase of Oculus VR. After buying the virtual reality headset maker there have been multiple rumors of Facebook making a VR social world as an extension of their existing social network.
It seems that Windows 8.x is not selling as well as Microsoft would like it to. After boasting about how game changing the new OS would be for end users, the only game that seems to be changing is Microsoft’s revenue stream. Just before the new OS came out we talked about the impact of Windows 8 on OEMs especially with Microsoft entering into direct competition. Most OEMs were not happy about the licensing costs they would have to pay for Windows 8/RT and felt that Microsoft’s entry would make things even more unfair.
Mozilla recently launched a pre-beta version of Firefox called Aurora and brought a completely new user interface, greater customization of the touch screen, as well as some new features. Redesign project so far has been designed exclusively for the nightly version of Firefox, and it was in development for two years.
In March of this year during the CanSecWest security conference, fourth consecutive Pwnium competition organized by Google will take place. The aim of the competition is to find vulnerabilities in the Chrome OS, and gather and reward hackers who found mistakes that will not be used in criminal purposes, but their knowledge will help Google to build a more secure operating system. Terms of winning cash prizes are pretty strict, which means that to win the award, founder's failure must be original, which means it must not be previously known or partially published or used in other competitions.
According to the latest information coming from Korean sources close to Samsung, early in 2014 we will get a new model of Samsung Chromebook.
LG has announced Chromebox, and it is an all-in-one computer based on Chrome OS. Chromebox is intended for the execution of "lightweight" applications within the browser, and accordingly is appropriately equipped.
After the general announcement that Google’s Chrome exposes user information to capture, Google has come back with a reply. It seems that Google does not want anyone to know that there is a security hole in their flagship browser. They are continuing to claim that it is “the most secure” browser and that Chrome maintains user data in an encrypted format. They feel that there is nothing wrong and that the information being presented by Information Finders is no big deal. If Chrome is storing data then it will be encrypted… if your OS supports it and that it only collects this information if the user asks it to. It is a very interesting statement to be made given the information presented.
In keeping with our recent focus on security we have some bad news for users of Google’s Chrome Web Browser. It would seem that the way Chrome caches web pages to deliver performance also exposes that information to malicious individuals. Security researchers at Identity Finders confirmed something that we have suspected since the launch of the browser many years ago. Chromes cache stores user information including names, email and mailing addresses, credit card, bank account phone and even social security numbers if entered into the browser.