Friday, August 09, 2013

Updated Firefox brings better security

When I checked to see what version of Firefox I have, clicking on Help/About Firefox, I found that I have version 22, and that Firefox was downloading the new version. I have it set to download updates to Firefox automatically.

Suzanne Choney NBC News
Aug. 7, 2013

Firefox 23, the newest version of the Web browser released Tuesday, has an updated look for its well-known fox logo and adds new features, including one that will help protect users from what's known as "man-in-the-middle attacks" and from eavesdroppers on Web pages labeled as secure.

If you've purchased anything online, for example, you know to make sure a Web page starts out with "https" instead of "http" before plunking your money down. The "s" means that the Web page is secure and encrypted. But sometimes https pages include content on them that is not secure. From now on, if you've hit upon such a page, Firefox will block what is known as "mixed content" by default. It's something that Internet Explorer and Chrome does as well.


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