With new security updates from vendors like Adobe, Apple and Java coming out on a near-monthly basis, keeping your Web browser patched against the latest threats can be an arduous, worrisome chore. But a new browser plug-in from security firm Qualys makes it quick and painless to find and patch outdated browser components.
This past week, I was reminded of a conversation I had with an ethical hacker I met at the annual Defcon security conference in Las Vegas, who showed me what may have been (and still remains) the shortest and most elegant trick I’ve seen to crash Internet Explorer 6 Web browser. I was reminded because the guy who told me about it said it still worked, even though he alerted Microsoft to the flaw back in 2004.
I had just finished opening an account at the local bank late last week when I happened to catch a glimpse of the bank manager’s computer screen: He had about 20 Web browser windows open, and it was hard to… Read More »