Browsers Archive

At the (heart) bleeding edge


The news about a possibly very nasty bug in the popular OpenSSL library got my attention almost weeks ago which hit out of the blue like a bombshell. Dubbed Heartbleed, this bug can potentially leak private keys installed at servers which make use of the affected libraries I learned, and shortly after that the first […]

Strictly Opera


Long after the major software vendors which produce browsers and mail clients already supported the StartCom root certificate by default, users of the Opera browser couldn’t enjoy the benefits of free and cheap SSL certificates easily. And I myself had to postpone an article I intended to write about Opera for more than two years […]

Refute the FUD


In my capacity it’s my job to counter a few baseless claims which some use in order to try to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) regarding the digital certificates which StartCom issues for free without charge. This is a response to Sebastián Bortnik, David Harley and Dan Raywood regarding their articles I found recently […]

The “e” of the Internet


Ever since Mozilla’s Firefox appeared on the scene and ignited renewed competition,  development and innovation of browsers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been loosing market share to its competitors. Depending on the source for browser statistics, the Explorer’s market share went anywhere from over 90% in the early years of this decade down to 68% and […]

Competition Spurs Innovation


How times have changed since the number one version of the Firefox browser debuted and for the first time since the Netscape era produced some excitement.  Because shortly thereafter Microsoft decided to invest into development of a new, more advanced version of its own browser after having stagnated with Internet Explorer 6 for years. And […]

Sign your Code


Just recently the new Firefox version 3.5 was released with many new features, whistle and bells….native video and audio support being one of them. Porn private browsing mode and super fast rendering just another. If you haven’t updated and tried the latest and greatest from the house of Mozilla, I highly recommend to do that […]

Positive Indicators


Phishing attacks seldom use SSL certificates for their fake sites resembling Paypal, eBay or whatever, because they look as good without it. So far this apparently just worked fine because a somewhat careless user simply doesn’t pay attention to the microscopic indicators the browsers used to give us in the past. Well, that’s perhaps an […]