Google has just released a new version of its popular web browser Chrome that fixes 3 critical security flaws in the browser’s GPU process as well as an Adobe Flash vulnerability.
The browser has been updated to release updated to 10.0.648.205 from updated to 10.0.648.204 for Windows, Linux and Mac users. Please download the latest release and update your existing version to take advantage of the security fixes.
I’ve got a great tool for everyone today. I’ve personally just used it and it worked great at updating Adobe, Java, Quicktime and Flash plugins for all the major web browsers like Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Google Chrome.
Updating all of these plugins for all your browsers can be a pain in the ass, and it’s always a good idea to keep everything up to date to avoid potential problems so having a single source for checking and updating all of these plugins at once is great.
The company that offers this service is called Qualys Browser Check and offers checks for the following plugins:
OS support expiration (IE, Firefox, Chrome), Web Browser used to scan, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader 5.x and above, Adobe Shockwave Player, Apple Quicktime, BEA JRockit, DivX Web Player, Foxit Reader (IE, Firefox, Chrome), Flip4Mac Windows Media plugin, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Windows Media Player (IE, Firefox, Chrome), Novell Moonlight, Real Player, Java Runtime, Totem Media Player, VLC Media Player, Yahoo! BrowserPlus, Windows Presentation Foundation plug-in (Firefox, Chrome).
To fix potential problems just visit this page. Run the scan, if there is any problems click the “Fix It” button and download the updates, restart your browser and rescan to make sure it installed correctly.
One thing to be aware of is when you update or install additional software always be careful to read the installation notes, don’t just click next without reading. A lot of these things will have extra features that you need to untick or they may change your homepage or install additional software. For example when installing Adobe’s Shockwave player it asks you to also install Registry Mechanic.
Following the recent blog post on Internet Explorer releasing its new IE9 last week. Firefox has followed with the official release of its Firefox 4. It has been a long time coming as well, Firefox 3 was released way back in 2008! The new Firefox seems to be alot faster, looks alot sexier and is easier to use.
The new features include
- Pinning Web Apps: the ability to “pin” Web apps to the tab bar
- Stop Following Me! : prevent sites from being able to track what you do online
- Stay in Sync: lets you sync your bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and other data with your other computers running Firefox
- Upgraded HTML5 Support
- Bookmarks: moved from the regular menu to a standalone button on the right side of the browser
If you are using any older version of Firefox that it is defiantly worth the upgrade, it is free after all!
Firefox 4 can be downloaded from the Mozilla website here http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/new/
Microsoft has finally released its final version of the not so popular Internet Explorer 9. If you are running a Windows machine than its a good idea to download and install it as from what i understand its not available yet on Windows update. Note that this version will not run on Windows XP, if your on XP you may want to consider upgrading to Win 7.
Even if you don’t use Internet Explorer if you a fan of Chrome, Firefox or another browser its still a good idea to upgrade to get that added sense of security because alot of components in Windows use Internet Explorer.
With IE9 you will get
Completely New Interface – I hate to admit it but the new IE9 does look really good. Designed from the ground up to save on screen space it looks alot better and thinner than Chrome.
Hardware Acceleration – By utilizing the power on your video card IE9 suddenly got alot faster!
HTML5 Support – Support for the latest version of the HTML language.
Combined Search / Address Bar – Similar to Google Chrome’s omnibox Microsoft added a search box and address bar together which works quite well.
Smart Screen Filter – Microsoft have upgraded their Smart Screen Filter which can recognizes more malicious software.
InPrivate Browsing – Allows you to browse the web without saving any data such as cookies and temporary Internet files.
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