Monday, March 21, 2011

Washington Post reviews "do not track" and Adobe security updates of major browsers

Rob Pegoraro has a “Fast Forward” story in the Washington Post Sunday March 20, in which he compares the security aspects of Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 4, and Google Chrome, “Internet Explorer, Firefox updates offer more with less, “ link here

He does explain the two separate “do not track” features of IE9: the “blacklist” (or “tracking protection list”) which actually stops sites from using cookies (especially spy cookies) to track you. But it also has a “last minute” ability to tell every site you visit not to track you, which he says is similar to the touted option of Firefox 4.  Since this latter feature is “voluntary”, it will work only as sites feel “political pressure” to honor it, or know that Website safety rating programs like McAfee SiteAdvisor and MYWOT are likely to follow this behavior and score it separately.

Pegoraro prefers Google Chrome for security in that it automatically installs security updates to the Adobe Flash Player and PDF reader, whereas, he says, IE doesn’t warn you you’re out of date, and Mozilla makes you read it.

I find when I boot up, Adobe often offers updates right away, but that may be because I use Chrome a lot.  

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