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Critical Flaws Identified in Top Browsers

January 17, 2014 | By Editor 

“A set of critical vulnerabilities have been found in major browsers that people are using for their daily browsing activities.”

The new notion is that instead of stealing information or asking for ransom, cyber attacks focus on reading browsing patterns and gathering personal information on a regular basis. This helps them sell the found information in deep web forums and continue to make money out of any user instead of earning one time.

The browsers play a major role in determining the security level and securing users from being targeted by Malware developers. Even though SSL encryption helps during credit card and other banking transactions, the primary concept of vulnerabilities still threaten people when they visit multiple websites. The web is made of millions of websites clustered together and only a browser can identify when any Malware strain is found. If not, it will easily infect the said computer and lead to more consequences which will put the user in a complex situation.

Critical Flaws in Top Browsers

Make sure that your web browser is updated. An in depth vulnerability and compliance management test revealed that over thirty nine percent of browsers have critical vulnerabilities. It should be notified to the companies which host it and fixed immediately so as to avoid widespread attacks from taking place.

Major browsers as listed by the company include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome with Opera and Apple Safari following suit. The concept of using SSL, secure browsing and using multiple browsers at the same time is prevalent. Each browser offers an unique experience. Chrome is faster, Firefox is reliable while Explorer always has an advantage when it comes to loading any type of web page with ease. This constantly threatens users because of the fact that they can be infected through any web browser while they are busy browsing through pages and they will hardly know that a Malware has been injected.

According to the detailed survey, it has been revealed that the most number of vulnerabilities has been found in Internet Explorer. The browser records 41 percentage of critical vulnerabilities and Chrome is no different because it has 40% of flaws that is a huge threat to users. Following suit is Firefox with 35% vulnerabilities and Opera with 34% of issues that need an immediate fix.

Among them, surprisingly Safari has only 30% of critical vulnerabilities yet the user base is relatively less for the browser on a Windows PC. Even though the browser is SSL secure, rather than browser itself, plugins contribute a great share in abetting these vulnerabilities and using plugins only from trusted sources is advisable. If a plugin is found to be unstable or suspicious, it is always wise to uninstall it and find an alternative source.

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