Browsers, and increasing threats.
How many times have you been infected while browsing, or to ask a simpler question how many times you have actually thought that your browser may be the root cause of many a security problems you have in your system?
The malware authors are always on the look out to find the easiest way to get into your system, and with the increased importance of security in most platforms, browsers are one of the hottest targets. And there are plug-ins.
According to this report, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/09/adobe_reader_attacks/ , files based on Adobe Reader were exploited in almost 49 per cent of targeted attacks of 2009! And that’s just one of such scary news. Plug-ins like Flash or even Java, are under constant attack themselves and we see frequent updates of those.
Google announced some initiatives from their side about their own browser, Chrome and what they are doing to tackle such threats. More can be read here – http://blog.chromium.org/2010/06/improving-plug-in-security.html
The most important of all of these initiatives is the Warning before running infrequently used plug-ins. That will keep most user on their toes about what they have been using and if needed they can uninstall/deactivate those they don’t use much. This helps in minimizing number of problems right at the root and users can always be sure of what they are using in their own system.
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