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At the end of last year, Mozilla launched a privacy browser called Firefox Focus for the iOS platform, providing more comprehensive and professional protection for your Internet privacy, by default, including tracking, social and advertising tracking. And now, this privacy-oriented browser officially landed Android platform.

Download: Google Play and App Store

Compared to the regular mobile browser Firefox Focus in the function is a bit a single, only a search and URL bar, but also in the settings panel is also relatively “simple”, you can turn on/off different tracking type. This browser does not support tabs or other menus, and there is an erase button at the top of the app to clean up your online traces manually, and the app is automatically cleaned up after the application is closed.

Compared to the iOS version, Android version Firefox Focus added some additional features. Including an ad tracking count that allows the user to know how many sites each site has blocked, and to allow the user to manually turn off tracking blocking when the page is not loaded correctly, and when you run Firefox Focus in the background, Clean up the Internet history.

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During March Patch Tuesday of 2013, Microsoft released seven new security bulletins, with four rated as critical, and others as Important. Most interesting one was MS13-027, which is rated as “important” because the attack requires physical access to the vulnerable machine.

This flaw allows anyone with a USB thumb drive loaded with the payload to bypass security controls and access a vulnerable system even if AutoRun is disabled, and the screen is locked. Flaw exposes your Windows PCs to major risk. If you remember Stuxnet, worm was injected to Iran’s nuclear program system using USB thumb drive.

Windows typically discovers USB devices when they are inserted or when they change power sources (if they switch from plugged-in power to being powered off of the USB connection itself).

To exploit the vulnerability an attacker could add a maliciously formatted USB device to the system. When the Windows USB device drivers enumerate the device, parsing a specially crafted descriptor, the attacker could cause the system to execute malicious code in the context of the Windows kernel.

Because the vulnerability is triggered during device enumeration, no user intervention is required. In fact, the vulnerability can be triggered when the workstation is locked or when no user is logged in, making this an unauthenticated elevation of privilege for an attacker with casual physical access to the machine.

Microsoft admits the flaw could “open additional avenues of exploitation that do not require direct physical access to the system,” once the USB based exploit is successful.

The vulnerabilities addressed by Microsoft do not include those exploited by security researchers at the recent Pwn2Own hacking competition at the CanSecWest Conference in Vancouver.

Firefox is the latest version of Mozilla’s popular Internet browser. People using it typically update the software to get its new features. Unfortunately, this version brought us an unpleasant crash issue connected with Flash Player. More accurately, when you update Firefox 13 with Flash 11.3 on your Windows 7 computer, you may encounter the Flash 11.3 Protected Mode problem. In the instructions below you can read about how to fix this issue and prevent unpleasant Flash Player crashes.

 

Fixing Flash 11.3 Protected Mode Issue in Firefox 13 Instructions:

  1. Open “Computer / My Computer” and go to Flash folder:
    For Windows 32bit Users: C:\windows\system32\macromed\flash
    For Windows 64bit Users: C:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash
  2. Find and open the “mms.cfg” file in a text editor.
    Note: If there is no mms.cfg file, you will need to create one.
  3. Add the following command to the file:
    ProtectedMode = 0
  4. Save the “mms.cfg” file and close it.


Since your computer can access data in RAM faster than on a hard drive, moving cached data to RAM can improve your page load times. In Firefox, all you need to do to move your caches to RAM is open up about:config and make a few tweaks.

 

Once you get into about:config, type browser.cache into the filter bar at the top. Find browser.cache.disk.enable and set it to false by double clicking on it. You’ll then want to set browser.cache.memory.enable to true (mine seemed to already be set as such), and create a new preference by right clicking anywhere, hitting New, and choosing Integer. Call the preference browser.cache.memory.capacity and hit OK. In the next window, type in the number of kilobytes you want to assign to the cache (for example, typing 100000 would create a cache of 100,000 kilobytes or 100 megabytes). A value of -1 will tell Firefox to dynamically determine the cache size depending on how much RAM you have.

 

This tip isn’t brand new, but it is something we didn’t know about, so if you’re looking to eke a bit more speed out of Firefox (and who isn’t?) this should give your page loading speeds a little boost. You can check up on your memory cache activity by typing about:cache in the address bar. Hit the link for more information on this tweak, and if you try it out, let us know how it works for you in the comments.

Firefox. Internet Explorer. Chrome. Safari. Opera. We’ve pretty much all heard of them by now. They’ve been fighting for market share for the past few years (Internet Explorer has been fighting for it for a lot longer than that), and it’s unlikely any of them will ever come out the absolute winner. They try to be all things to all people. And that’s great.

Except…

What if you’re looking for a browser that does just the things you want to do online? What if you’re sick of all the browser-war hubub and want something that’s truly unique and different (and, maybe, works better than the mainstream options)? What then?

Well, there’s good news. There are more than a dozen excellent alternative browsers out there if you’re looking for something distinctive. Below are ten such web browsers, along with why you might want to consider using them.

1. Stainless

Stainless

Stainless is a browser created in response to Google Chrome. It utilizes multi-processing architecture like Chrome (which, at the time of inception, wasn’t available for OS X), but also has some excellent features not found in other browsers. One of the most interesting features is the ability to log into one website using two different accounts in separate tabs.

Why you should consider it: The ability to log into a site with different credentials in different tabs makes this an excellent option for many. It’s especially useful if you have, say, work-related Gmail accounts and personal Gmail accounts.

Current release version: 0.7.5

Operating systems supported: OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard.

2. Maxthon

Maxthon

Maxthon is a highly configurable browser that places an emphasis on security. It has a built-in Ad Hunter that blocks most ads, as well as security features to prevent spyware, malware, and viruses. It lets you fully customize your browsing experience (you can choose between using menus, hot keys, word aliases, toolbars, or mouse gestures, plus there are more than 1,400 plug-ins to add functionality). It has filters available to block irritating or offensive content.

Other Maxthon features include a built-in screen capture tool, URL aliases for faster surfing, a built-in feed reader, an online favorites service, advanced proxy rules, and an anti-freeze feature.

Why you should consider it: If you want a customizable browser, Maxthon might be what you’re looking for; it’s built specifically for power users. Between plugins, skins, filter packs, and other customizable features, it truly lets you personalize your browsing experience. For parents concerned about their children’s’ activities online, the filters for blocking content can be reassuring.

Current release version: 2.5.11 (the Classic Version is also available: 1.6.5)

Operating systems supported: Windows

3. Sleipnir

Sleipnir

Sleipnir is very popular in Japan with a majority share in the country. It’s a profoundly customizable browser that maintains speed and performance despite customizations. There are skins and plugins available for it, letting you change the design and settings of the browser to suit your needs. And as all good browsers should, it stresses on security and usability, and allows for tabbed browsing.

Why you should consider it: Sleipnir is an option if you want a highly customizable browsing experience.

Current release version: 2.9.2

Operating systems supported: Windows 98 and newer

4. Swiftfox

Swiftfox

Swiftfox is an optimized build of Firefox that’s faster and more cutting edge than the regular Firefox distribution. It works with Firefox plugins, making it remarkably extensible. The overall user interface is similar to Firefox, but is a bit more minimalist and clutter-free. Most other features are in line with what Firefox has to offer.

Why you should consider it: If you love Firefox but want something faster and lighter, then Swiftfox is your best bet.

Current release version: 3.5.6

Operating systems supported: Linux

5. Lunascape

Lunascape

Lunascape is the world’s first and only triple engine browser. That’s right: it’s a hybrid browser that runs on Gecko, Trident, and WebKit. It supports plugins and add-ons from Firefox, Internet Explorer, as well as their own plugin platform. It’s touted to be faster and lighter than many other browser options.

Why you should consider it: If you find yourself constantly switching back and forth between browsers (either for cross-browser testing of web designs or because of add-ons available only to Firefox or Internet Explorer), Lunascape is a perfect fit for you.

Current release version: 6.0.1

Operating systems supported: Windows

6. Konqueror

Konqueror

Konqueror combines web browsing, local and remote file management, and a universal viewing app that lets you view documents without having to launch other programs. It’s open source and HTML 4.01 compliant. It embraces Netscape plugins (like those for Flash or RealVideo). Konqueror also has a built-in FTP and WebDAV support.

Why you should consider it: If you’re a Linux user who wants a browser that can multitask, then Konqueror is definitely something to look into. It’s especially useful for those who want to be able to manage files right from within their browser.

Operating systems supported: Linux

7. SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey is developed by Mozilla and is an “all-in-one” internet suite of apps. While the browser within SeaMonkey is pretty standard (and not unlike Firefox), what sets it apart is that it has integrated email, newsgroups, an HTML editor, IRC Chat, and web development tools. The mail feature offers tabbed reading and supports tagging and alternate views for better email finding and reading. The HTML editor renders CSS and gives you dynamic image and table resizing. For web developers, you can take advantage of the JavaScript debugger and a DOM inspector.

Why you should consider it: For developers and designers, SeaMonkey has a plethora of useful built-in features. It’s also a great option for people who like to run the bare minimum number of apps.

Current release version: 2.0.1

Operating systems supported: Windows 2000 and newer, Mac OS X 10.4 and newer, and Linux.

8. OmniWeb

OmniWeb

OmniWeb is a WebKit browser created by the same people who created OmniGraffle and OmniOutliner. It aims to be fun and easy to use (like other Omni products) and shares a similar user interface. It has all the standard browser features we’ve come to expect (including tabbed browsing, bookmarks, and ad blocking), but also includes Workspaces, which lets you save browsing sessions to open later and includes an auto-save option and a built-in RSS reader.

Why you should consider it: For Mac users who want a browser that’s efficient and easy to use, OmniWeb might be just what you’re looking for. It’s appropriate for power users too, and the Workspaces feature is especially handy.

Current release version: 5.0.1

Operating systems supported: Mac OS X 10.4.8 or newer

9. Camino

Camino

Think of Camino as a Firefox build specifically for Macs, built on the Gecko 1.9 rendering engine. It includes phishing and malware protection, tabs (including a tab overview function that lets you see all your open tabs at once), “annoyance blocking” (which blocks ads, pop-ups, and Flash animations), Keychain support (to save your browsing credentials), and download notifications. It also includes AppleScript support, feed detection, session saving, recently closed tabs, and full keyboard access.

Why you should consider it: Camino is a great browser for Mac users who like Firefox but want something built specifically for the Mac.

Current release version: 2.0

Operating systems supported: Mac OS X 10.4 or newer

10. Flock

Flock

Flock is probably better known than many of the other browsers above, especially if you’re a social media addict. Flock was created specifically to make managing your social media activities easier from within your browser.

Flock focuses on staying connected through social media by making sharing and publishing things easier. It integrates directly with Facebook, Gmail, Digg, YouTube, MySpace, Flickr, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, Delicious, Bebo, TypePad, Picasa, and more. Special features include a People sidebar, a Media bar (to browse photos and videos from your favorite sites), a built-in feed reader, a photo uploader, a blog editor, and more. There are also extensions and custom themes available for download.

Why you should consider it: Flock is a great choice for social media power users who want to be able to connect with all their social media accounts from one place.

Current release version: 2.5

Operating systems supported: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

There are hundreds of things that Firefox can do. Extensions can enhance your Firefox, but browsing through hundreds of extensions can be time consuming and some of them are useless.

What are the most popular and most functional Firefox extenstions ?

  1. Block ads on webpages : Adblock Plus
  2. Use mouse gestures (powersurfing) : All-in-One Gestures
  3. Download manager in a statusbar : Download Statusbar
  4. Customize Google pages; remove ads : CustomizeGoogle
  5. Discover interesting sites being recommended by others : StumbleUpon
  6. Manage tabs (multiple links/duplicate/close etc ) : Tab Mix Plus
  7. Look up any word in dictionary : Answers
  8. Translate pages : Translator
  9. Download videos : Video DownloadHelper
  10. Block Flash ads or content : Flashblock
  11. Blog about the current page : Performancing for Firefox
  12. Clear the cache with one click on the toolbar : Clear Cache Button
  13. Surf the web without leaving a trace in my computer : Stealther
  14. View an Internet-Explorer-only webpage in Firefox : IE Tab
  15. See weather information : ForecastFox
  16. Download/upload files using ftp : FireFTP
  17. Speed up Firefox : Fasterfox
  18. Blog to Blogger service : BlogThis
  19. Synchronize Firefox bookmarks on different computers : Bookmarks Synchronizer
  20. Bypass mandatory registration of username and password for sites : BugMeNot
  21. Be notified when new mail arrives at Gmail account : Gmail Notifier
  22. See thumbnails of pages in session history : Reveal
  23. Store and sync bookmarks online : Chipmark
  24. Chat on the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) : ChatZilla
  25. Minimize Firefox to system tray : MinimizeToTray
  26. Use Gmail for space : Gmail Space
  27. Add/remove/change some features for sites : GreaseMonkey
  28. Block phishing sites : NetcraftToolbar
  29. Control iTunes using Firefox : FoxyTunes
  30. Use a sidebar to control multiple functions : All-in-One Sidebar
  31. Open PDF files in a new tab : PDF Download
  32. Save all the images/media on a page : Magpie
  33. Zoom in/out on an image : Image Zoom
  34. Search the bookmarks : Locate in Bookmark Folders
  35. Manage user styles for sites : Stylish
  36. Edit bookmarks easily : Flat Bookmark Editing
  37. Download/open all/selected links on a page : Linky
  38. Add a powerful multi-functional preference bar : PrefBar
  39. Add more search engines to Firefox search box : Mycroft
  40. Create a tiny url : TinyUrl Creator
  41. Track time spent browsing / on a project : TimeTracker
  42. Add RSS feeds to web-based/desktop readers or reader extensions : LiveLines
  43. Search up to 25 custom chosen sites : Roll your Own Search for Firefox
  44. See Alexa information, search engine backlinks for a page : SearchStatus
  45. Fill web forms with name/address/email etc : Autofill
  46. See all tabs in one window : Viamatic foXpose
  47. Automatically copy the selected text to clipboard : AutoCopy
  48. Change user agent for certain sites : User Agent Switcher
  49. Find the meaning of selected word in a dictionary : DictionarySearch
  50. Create new different passwords for different sites : PasswordMaker

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Windows/Mac/Linux: The early adopters at weblog gHacks note that Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 2 has already been distributed to Mozilla’s mirror servers and is available for download from third-party sites like Major Geeks. As gHacks points out, “Cautious users are encouraged to wait for the official announcement before they start downloading, installing and using Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 2,” but if you’re eager to update to the latest and greatest, it’s ready. Mozilla hasn’t yet posted an official changelog, but we’re clearly getting very close to the official 3.5 release. [MajorGeeks via gHacks]