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Force browser to use higher security connection

How can I force my Chrome broswer (or even Firefox) to always use a higher security encryption?, for example 256bit (or more) encryption when using https. I guess it should be some flag to force the ...
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Is it illegal to use Fake User-agents? [closed]

Is it illegal to impersonate user-agents when you are crawling a website? If so, what and how a legal action can be taken against the faking requester? Is this law applies only for crawlers or a user ...
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Entering passwords at public computers

Sometimes it happens that I have to access my email or some other web service from public machines. Are there any options to make it secure or at least reduce risks to acceptable levels? I am most ...
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How long should a browser session last?

I have two online accounts from different banks, one bank expires my session faster than the other, it's quite annoying. I was wondering how long (or short) should a session be for it to be ...
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Are there any reasons why browsers should block mixed passive content by default?

Most browsers block "active" content that's being loaded over HTTP on HTTPS pages. This includes stuff like javascript which can be modified with an MITM and compromise the security of the entire ...
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Does it have sense to fuzz a ASCII file format with mutators that mess with Unicode or String Case?

I'm trying to fuzz an ASCII file format. Specifically, I'm defining some HTML5/HTML structures to be used as definition file for a smart fuzzer to fuzz web browsers. This smart fuzzer allows to ...
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Securely render SVG

How can I securely render SVG documents in a media sharing application? I think the same-origin policy might help a bit if I host the SVG documents on a separate domain and render them inside an ...
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Windows: Any method to enforce user confirmation before the browser opens a URL requested by an external desktop app?

A robust outgoing firewall will protect against desktop applications directly connecting to the internet without your permission. However, as the browser is a generally authorized application for ...
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I've encountered JavaScript attack code - how do I search for information on the exploit's specifics?

So, I clicked on a reasonably-looking LinkedIn invite, not thinking about hovering overing the link first, since usually the e-mail client warns me about such things. Once I realized I landed on an ...
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Do any web browsers create cached copies of local HTML files?

Suppose that we create a sensitive file as a HTML document, and then view that file with a web browser such as Firefox, or other. Is it possible that the file is treated as if it were a document ...
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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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Is Opera spying on its users when traffic conpression is enabled?

Correct me if I misunderstand the following quoted paragraphs, but basically to compress something it must be decrypted first. This seems to be the claim of the article but I don't see this as true. ...
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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 there any risk to enabling CORS with a wildcard on S3?

By default, Amazon S3 blocks cross-origin requests. However, it allows users the ability to set up per-bucket CORS policies. It offers fairly elaborate controls for which domains and methods the user ...
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How to detect if a site is using a javascript exploit?

Is there a way for me (non-expert in javascript) to detect javascript attacks from a website. I have done alot of searching around and have not come up with a definitive answer. NoScript is a pain in ...
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How can I know that the CA certificates in my computer have not been spoofed?

As far as I know, the browser contains the certificates of several CA. When I access http://gmail.com, the site says it is Gmail, it exposes a certificate signed by one of the CA I have in my ...
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Secure browser storage

Where is a secure place to store a "secret" in a web browser that a User has access to and JavaScript does not? Thinking was along the lines of web history, bookmarks, built in password manager & ...
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Browser based virtual machines

How would applying hypervisor (e.g. xen) principles in the development of a web browser offering isolated browser tabs (virtual machines) improve or reduce security of existing web applications (good ...
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Crypto Browser add-on

What are the known limitations with browser addon/extensions that do in browser encryption vs a native implementation in the browser. The addon would expose cryptographic primitives for use in ...
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Why do browsers leak their version info to the webserver?

The question surmises it all. If my firefox browser puts something like "..Gecko/xxyy Firefox/nn.mm.." in the USER_AGENT attribute, then from security point-of-view, isn't it an open invitation to the ...
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Security behind the windows 8 eye

I use the Windows 8 operating system. Whenever I navigate to the login page of Internet Explorer 10, or even the login screen of the operating system, I see an eye symbol at the end of the password ...
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How can i protect myself from tor vulnerability on windows

Recently I came across an article regarding Tor. According to article there is speculation that the uncovered malware was used by a law enforcement agency to harvest the IP addresses of users ...
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Accessing keystrokes directed at iframe?

So I was making a virtual credit card from entropay.com and when I decided to Top up it up with my existing debit card. It opened up the 'Verified by Visa' page(A page in which you have to enter a ...
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How can this web page access the USB? [closed]

A friend bought a "smart" headset (working with voice commands). I had to install a software on Windows to be able to configure this headset. After downloading the software from the page, this page ...
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Twitter.com in private browsing leaks data to normal browser. Other sites as well? Bug or feature?

This is the first time I encountered similar thing. When I log into the Twitter web site in Chrome (namely, the Iron version which is said to be security enhanced, but that does not matter here) in ...
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What are the risks of uploading and downloading data in binary (non-encoded) format to servers and browsers?

I admit up-front that this question may be the result of unfounded paranoia. But I am concerned that uploading and downloading data in binary form opens the door to exploits that might not be ...
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Is decryption using Java+JSF safer than using JavaScript?

First off, this is in addition to using SSL! I am building a web application that receives encrypted data from a server. The data is to be decrypted client-side. I've read enough posts here to see ...
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Is using RC4-MD5/RC4-SHA as SSL ciphers enough for most purpose?

In the AWS ELB, I have uploaded a cert and only selected "RC4-MD5" + "RC4-SHA" as the ciphers and scored A in the ssltest [1] If I using the default ELB setting, I can only score a C Since I am not ...
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What security measures does Chrome have in place to sandbox different user accounts?

Google Chrome has a feature that allows different users to use Chrome on the same computer in a completely separate space. The support page is quite light on information. Is there information ...
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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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Can I avoid DNS spoofing by typing the IP address?

The question is in the title. I have been reading about DNS spoofing. What if I were to save the IP addresses of websites I consider sensitive and then just enter the IP address when I am using a ...
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When a browser extension or user script pulls a JS file from Google's CDN, how does this compromise the user's privacy in terms of Google's reach? [duplicate]

The context from which my question has arisen is this user script which locally removes ads from Ixquick.com, which is an anonymizing 'proxy' search engine that gives the results from Google's index ...
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What Digital Fingerprints Does a Browser Leave Behind?

I've been drilling down in granularity for this question: Besides IP addresses, how else could one be identified? and I'd like to focus upon the internet browser. What are the digital tracks an ...
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Is it possible to use Greasemonkey to hack a website?

Yesterday my WordPress website got hacked. I thought I had done all necessary things to make it secure. One of my colleagues said that with Greasemonkey we can easily hack sites. Is it true? How can I ...
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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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How Facebook Determines User Browser Change? [duplicate]

I recently logged in to my Facebook from other PC and got notice. Please login from the PC you previously logged in. I want to know what information Facebook uses to determine this change? I changed ...
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Tor and regular browser side by side. Does that make sense?

Can I use a Tor browser session and a regular Firefox session side by side without corrupting the security of the Tor session? E.g. when I download a new Eclipse version or when I'm searching for ...
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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 there a tool to verify browser TLS/SSL configuration

I am looking for a tool to verify the configuration of ssl/tls settings in the browser. I have found a few sites that enumerate supported ciphers and the preferences but none of them seem to provide ...
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In what way is a partially encrypted webpage insecure?

What are the potential vulnerabilities that might arise if a webpage is only partially encrypted. I can think of 2 possibilities: You can change the non-encrypted parts of the page (HTML, CSS, ...
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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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What is the safest way to close a popup window?

The internet has many articles recommending ways to close a browser popup window without infecting your computer with malware. I've seen click the red X, use ALT-F4, go to the windows task bar, right ...
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Possible to limit server connections to clients with a specific certificate?

Usually when I read about SSL and HTTP it says that the certificate is set up to authenticate that the host is who it says it is. Is it possible to configure the host to prevent it from processing ...
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Is encryption in HTTPS done by the browser or by the system?

This may be a common sense question, but I am not able to find any documentation on this after searching on google for a long time When browser makes a HTTPs request, does it encrypt the data then ...
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Can my web accesses be known by individuals?

Someone, I think it was on Charlie Rose, said that anybody who wants to can currently discover what websites have been visited by some person of interest. That assertion was possibly made as a way of ...
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Using Private Browsing mode while connected to organization's network

At the workplace I use the organization's network for accessing internet (well that's the only option). I am not sure if the network administrators monitor what I browse, how frequently I access ...
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How Browsers prevents Malware and Phishing attacks

I want to know how phishing and malware protection features are implemented in modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, IE etc. Are these features heuristic based, or do browsers maintain a list of ...
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Secure information exchange between web applications using browser redirection

We're implementing a web application (US) that needs to exchange sensitive information with a third-party web application (THEM). The way we'd like it to work is that an end user clicks a hyperlink, ...
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How is a website determining my location even via VPN? [duplicate]

I'm currently in China, and accessing the Internet via a VPN in the USA. When I access Google maps or other location-based web services, they all show my location as that of the VPN server. However, ...
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Website URL to point users to in order to “make a point” about security [closed]

It is 'common knowledge' that unpatched, older browsers and operating systems are dangerous, but when I tell people that they should not do their online banking in IE 6 on a pirated XP service pack 0, ...