A web browser is an application which uses HTTP and related protocols to retrieve HTML and XML data from servers. As the web has become a critical source of information and communication, web browsers have become a critical component in information request, transfer and management.

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How much can I trust Tor?

How much can I depend on Tor for anonymity? Is it completely secure? My usage is limited to accessing Twitter and Wordpress. I am a political activist from India and I do not enjoy the freedom of ...
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Security of an initial redirection from http://example.com to https://example.com

Suppose that http://example.com/<foo> systematically redirects to https://example.com/<foo>. I enter http://example.com in my browser's URL bar, and I see a page load and the URL bar now ...
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Is visiting HTTPS websites on a public hotspot secure?

It's often said that HTTPS SSL/TLS connections are encrypted and said to be secure because the communication between the server and me is encrypted (also provides server authentication) so if someone ...
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Anonymous web browser. Is it real?

Do anonymous browsers work? What principles do they use? Can I use them to test access to my web site? Can I detect if a visitor is using one? What is the different between traditional and anonymous ...
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What are potential security risks when using an insecure wireless connection?

If someone is using an insecure wireless connection (for example a hot spot in a coffee shop) does it pose a threat even if the person is using a secure application layer protocol? What I mean by ...
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Different strategies for online anonymity and their +/-s?

I saw this question about anonymous web browser, but I wanted to go a little bit more in depth. I prefer answers that take into account how a connection would be traced back, time it would take to ...
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Options when defending against SSLstrip?

I'm wondering, does anyone have any suggestions to defend against SSLstrip particularly?
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Can you get virus just by visiting a website in Chrome?

I've recently read Google Chrome: The End of Drive-By Downloads. Is it true to say that drive-by-downloads are history in Google Chrome? So if I have a link (from a spam email) I can right-click >> ...
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What malicious things can happen when clicking on links in email?

I've received a spam from one of my friends (well I'm sure he didn't send it). so there's this link, and i'd thought what exactly would be the implications of clicking the link (i've not clicked it ...
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Are address bars unphishable?

I've taken, out of curiosity, the Phishing Quiz by OpenDNS that tries to teach the general public about detecting phishing: Ever wonder how good you are at telling the difference between a ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of the HTML5 Keygen element?

As of January 2013, what are the potential benefits and drawbacks of the HTML5 Keygen element?
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What are the security implications of people downloading addons, wrongly thinking that they are safe?

I recently learned about a plugin for Firefox called Fire Sheep, which was featured on the Security Now podcast. I downloaded F.S. and began examining it. To my surprise it includes C++ code that must ...
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Why is the same origin policy so important?

I can't really fully understand what same origin domain means. I know it means that when getting a resource from another domain (say a JS file) it will run from the context of the domain that serves ...
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How to fight browser fingerprinting?

https://panopticlick.eff.org/ , aka "How unique and trackable is your browser". For example it usually gives me a unique score. The biggest entropy values come from navigator.plugins and fonts via ...
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How secure are my passwords in the hands of Firefox using a Master Password?

I'm relying on Firefox to remember my passwords, using a Master Password of more than 25 characters. How secure is this set-up?
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Why is it a security problem not to update one's browser?

Is it in general a security problem not to update your browser. Firefox constantly prompts me to update my browser, but how dangerous is it to not update? As part of this question, I would like to ...
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Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?

I'm a professional Windows system administrator, but I've been caught off-guard (or maybe some malware writer has been very clever) and I caught some unknown malware on my home computer (Windows 7 x64 ...
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How to browse the Internet safely?

What is the best way to browse the Internet safely? By safely I mean: anonymously having encrypted communication Extra bonus for: being able to do it with little or no performance impact cheaply ...
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Are secret URLs secure over HTTPS?

Imagine a service that makes sensitive information available under a secret URL via HTTPS only, without requiring any other authentication. In fact, these are already widespread. What level of ...
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UTF-7 XSS attacks in modern browsers

I've recently read about utf-7 XSS-attacks (i.e. Ned Batchelders article at http://nedbatchelder.com/blog/200704/xss_with_utf7.html) but could not get any UTF-7 attack to work in modern browsers. (I ...
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How can I protect myself from this kind of clipboard abuse?

Clipboard abuse from websites Many websites use JavaScript or CSS to stealthily insert or replace text in the user's clipboard whenever they copy information from the page. As far as I know this is ...
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IMG tag vulnerability

Is it safe to display images from arbitrary domains? I.e. let's say I have an image on my page: <img src="http://badguy.com/image.gif" /> What if image.gif will return some js attack vector, ...
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Is clipboard secure?

Can a browser get the data on my clipboard? Data could be for example my temporary password? Any browser or operating system that allows this?
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External cross domain include script

One of my web application underwent a vulnerability assessment recently, and one of the findings is about cross domain include script. Our web app uses addthis_widget.js from AddThis to bookmark ...
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Is it possible for a virus or unknown program to automatically start up a webcam

How can I secure my computer more, knowing these days that there are many websites, especially ones where you don't have to even click before a virus is downloaded straight to your hard-drive. I ...
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Should websites be allowed to disable autocomplete on forms or fields?

Currently, there is an HTML form/input attribute called autocomplete, which, when set to off, disables autocomplete/autofill for that form or element. Some banks seem to use this to prevent password ...
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Using iframes to sandbox untrusted code

I'm trying to create an extensible platform, where my site will provide a model and some views (both client-side, in the browser) and third party sites may add their own views as well. The goal here ...
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Are official browser add-ons really safe?

Almost any browser addon/extension that I install on my Chrome or Firefox (be it Firebug, RESTClient, ...) warns me, saying: It [the add-on] can: Access your data on all website Access ...
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Besides IP addresses, how else could one be identified? [closed]

OP: I'm curious how else an actor seeking to identify someone online could accomplish this task besides just using an IP address. What methods would they employ? What knowledge must they have of the ...
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Is anybody using client browser certificates?

Client browser certificates seem to be a nice way to protect sites from intruders - it is impossible to guess and should be harder to steal. Of course, they do not solve all the problems, but they add ...
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Preventing information disclosure from browser back button/history?

I have sensitive data that will be hosted on a website, and I would like to prevent the data from being exposed in this scenario: The primary user logs off the application, but does not close the ...
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Worst case scenario, what can a Chrome extension do with “Your data on all websites” and “Your tabs and browsing activity”?

Chrome extensions, and just like other browsers, appear to often get quite some extensive access to your browser data. In fact, most extensions I've installed require access to: Your data on all ...
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Ways to secure yourself from Firesheep kiddies and other sniffing

Just a few days ago I had my first encounter with Firesheep. Luckily I was the one using it. Well, it scared me into looking for ways to secure myself. So I have two questions: In exactly what ...
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Is Google Chrome a more secure browser?

I was amazed that IE 8, Safari, Firefox were hacked so fast at Pwn2Own 2010. Is Chrome really so good or was it not tested? Has anyone other results of independent investigations about security of ...
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Where does SSL encryption take place?

I checked the data transmission of an HTTPS website (gmail.com) using Firebug. But I can't see any encryption to my submitted data (username and password). Where does SSL encryption take place?
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MIME sniffing protection

As it is known, older versions of MSIE (before 8) have a nasty habit of treating images as HTML if they "look like" HTML, which can lead to nasty vulnerabilities for sites that allow people to upload ...
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Javascript Malware: How does it work, and how can it be mitigated?

I am wondering how malware gets served through Javascript. I've noticed a few illegitimate pop-ups while visiting some financial websites. I wonder how malware exploits work against the application ...
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Vulnerabilities common only in mobile solutions?

I was wondering if there are any threats for web-applications used on mobile phones that haven't been known in the "full size" browsers earlier. I haven't heard of any serious or common problems that ...
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User-specific Subdomains : JavaScript security

If I provide a public-facing website for users on my website at their own subdomain (e.g. bob.myapp.com) under their own control, can I allow them to execute arbitrary JavaScript without putting my ...
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Child iFrame hash verification of parent iFrame content

Consider the following scenario: Alice wishes to browse Victor's website while on the job at Initech. Victor's website is hosted on an alternative domain name system to which Initech's DNS does not ...
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Chrome is telling me I am receiving a forged certificate for Gmail, is someone trying to hack me?

I went to log on to https://mail.google.com this morning and I got the following error. Is someone trying to attack me or is this just a bug? I'm on a WPA2 encrypted wireless connection using Chrome ...
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Is Adblock (Plus) a security risk?

My email-provider's website (http://www.gmx.de) recently started linking to the (German) site http://www.browsersicherheit.info/ which basically claims that due to its capabilities to modify a site's ...
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Does HTTPS Everywhere defend me against sslsniff-like attacks?

http://www.thoughtcrime.org/software/sslsniff/ If I have a domain on my HTTPS Everywhere list, so that theoretically it could be only visited via an HTTPS connection in my Firefox, then could an ...
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How to determine if a browser is using an SSL or TLS connection?

I want to know whether my browser is using SSL or TLS connection if I see HTTPS. I want to know for IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. I want to know the protocol version.
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From a technical standpoint, how does the zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability discovered in September 2012 work?

I'm looking for an answer that explains the issue from the prespective of a developer/engineer. What is exactly being exploited and why does it work? Please note that I am not looking for ...
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NoScript: How to determine which sites/scripts to whitelist?

NoScript is a great plug-in, both for security and for ad blocking. However, I've found it's not always easy to figure out what scripts need to be permitted on certain pages, to be able to use the ...
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Can web sites detect whether you are using private browsing mode?

Most modern browsers support "private browsing mode" (also known in Chrome as "Incognito mode"), where the browser does not save any information to disk about your browsing while in this mode. In ...
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Remove RC4 from SSL/TLS ciphers in Chromium

Recently I started to live without RC4 within my Firefox session. Discussion about it can be found here. While it is quite easy in Firefox (Enter about:config and then rc4), I found no possibility to ...
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Is the Web browser status bar always trustable?

If I bring the mouse pointer to a link, but not click on it, I can see in the left/bottom corner that it displays the URL of it. Q: Could this URL (in the left/bottom) be different from the one that ...
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Is it inconsistent to tell users to “not click on password links in email”, and requiring clicks on “forgot password” links?

On one hand, IT Security shops have been telling users to not click on links in email because they can do damage to your computer, or phish your personal information. Many of those issues are ...