Archive for the ‘Browsers’ Category

Fingerprinting Every Browser But Tor

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers for the First Time by Amy Nordrum.

Yinzhi Cao and colleagues have developed browser fingerprint code that identifies 99.24 percent of users across browsers.

Cao’s paper, (Cross-)Browser Fingerprinting via OS and
Hardware Level Features



The lead for the story was buried at the end of the post:

The only browser that his method didn’t work on was Tor. (emphasis added)

Your call, you can take care of your own security or be provably insecure.

Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 – “Really Most Sincerely Dead”

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Web developers rejoice; Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday by Owen Williams.

From the post:

Internet Explorer has long been the bane of many Web developers’ existence, but here’s some news to brighten your day: Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 are reaching ‘end of life’ on Tuesday, meaning they’re no longer supported by Microsoft.

Three down and one to go, IE 11, if I’m reading Owen’s post correctly. Past IE 11, users will be on Edge in Windows 10.

Oh, the “…really most sincerely dead…” is from the 1939 movie, Wizard of Oz.

Google Chrome (Version 41.0.2272.89 (64-bit)) WARNING!

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

An update of Google Chrome on Ubuntu this morning took my normal bookmark manager list of small icons and text to:


What do the kids say these days?

That sucks!

Some of you may prefer the new display. Good for you.

As far as I can tell, Chrome does not offer an option to revert to the previous display.

I keep quite a few bookmarks with an active blog so the graphic images are a waste of screen space and force me to scroll far more often than otherwise. I often work with the bookmark manager open in a separate screen.

For people who like this style, great. My objection is to it being forced on users who may prefer the prior style of bookmarks.

Here’s your design tip for the day: Don’t help users without giving them the ability to decline the help. Especially with display features.