First of all – what does zero-day mean? It is the day a vulnerability was found. If a bug was around for 10 days it would be a 10-day vulnerability. Usually a fix will be developed in the form of a patch or workaround.
A zero-day exploit means an attack takes place the day a vulnerability is discovered.
On March 30, 2019, two zero-day vulnerabilities were discovered in Microsoft EDGE and Internet Explorer. Without getting too technical, the behind the scenes code of the browser can occur when you visit a malicious site and some of the same origin policy code allows other sites to intervene. When working correctly, it would prevent other sites from accessing your information.
Another vulnerability is related to MHT files. Internet Explorer can still read MHT files. If you are using Outlook, you may see this above an email: “If there are problems with how this message is displayed, click here to view it in a web browser.” It will then open in IE even if you are using Windows 10 with Edge. If the MHT file is infected you will have problems.
To prevent programs from opening IE, you can go into “Programs and Features” in Control Panel and then to “Turn Windows features on or off” and uncheck Internet Explorer 11. Restart your computer.
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Did you know there are a lot more settings and pages to your Google Chrome browser than you find just in your settings? To find them just type into your address bar “chrome://about” (without the quote marks) and you will find a list of pages you can access.
You will find you are actually on the first page: chrome://about. If you click it there won’t be a change. chrome://chrome will give you the update page. Some of the other pages may or may not look familiar. I clicked on chrome://dino to see what that was – it’s the dinosaur you see when you don’t have an internet connection.
The chrome://flags page will allow you to access some experimental items; chrome://bookmarks will let you see all your bookmarks. Just use caution if you make any changes to the browser.
Firefox just got faster. Two times faster. This past week, Firefox updated to Firefox Quantum (Version 57.0.) There are two versions – one for regular browsers and one for developers. It is built on a new engine for better and faster page loading. It also will use less memory than previously, and they say it is 30% lighter than Chrome.
It has built in privacy modes. You can block even hidden trackers by turning on tracking protection. When you block the ads and scripts that are bogging you down, the page loads even faster.
If there’s a page you want to see later, you can save it to Pocket to view later. There is a library where it will place these articles as well as your bookmarks. You can search with other search engines with just a click. You can also customize it with themes or placement of icons for your tools and addons. You can take screenshots without adding an extension – it’s built right in.
The Victor crew came across a website that could prove to be very useful: Hukkster.com. You can keep track of items you would like to purchase from anywhere. You can even have it track when the item goes on sale! It will also show you coupon codes.
Sign up for your free account, and add the “Hukk It” button to your browser. When you are shopping on one of the hundreds of shops that work with Hukkster, you can Hukk It and purchase later. You tell it what color and size if it’s a garment. You can also use it to comparison shop. You will be notified by text, email or push notification (in the app).