Microsoft has suffered through more than a few security embarrassments over the years, but at least according to Kaspersky Labs, the Redmond based software giant is back in control. The security researchers have named the top 10 offending companies/products, and for once, Microsoft has been knocked off the list thanks to improvements in Windows 7 & 8. Automatic update mechanisms are citied as the top reason for the high profile exclusion, and have indeed done an amazing job of keeping hackers at bay.
Want to see the top 10 worst offenders? Hit the jump to see the list.
Outdated browser plugins pose a considerable security threat. According to a report published earlier this year by security and compliance management company Qualys, 80 percent of all browser vulnerabilities stem from outdated plugins. The company behind the browser security analysis tool BrowserCheck, Qualys has just ranked different browser plugins based on their affinity for remaining outdated.
If there's one thing I hate, it's plugin problems. That's plug-ins as in browser plugins, or one of the few reasons why I switched from Mozilla Firefox to Google Chrome for my default browser. In Chrome, a crashing plugin only affects itself; the rest of the browser is spared the messy issues (and random shutdown) that arise from problems on a page. The worst that can happen is that the actual tab your own shuts down: the rest of your browsing experience should remain unaffected by a plugin catastrophe.
Well, Firefox is borrowing a page from Google's book of process isolation, for that's the exact technique that Mozilla has built into the Lorentz version of its popular browser. The various tabs you open in Firefox Lorentz remain isolated from each other's wicked ways, in that crashing plugins will only affect the page or tab they're on--prompting a gray fade-out of your screen and an automatic reload, if you so choose. The rest of your multi-tab browser will stay exactly the same as it was pre-crash.
Apple, after blowing off the Safari+IE 'carpet bombing' threat for weeks, finally decides to fix it, as well as fixing several other security vulnerabilities plaguing Windows XP and Vista users running Safari.
And, when you visit the Apple Download Center, grab yourself a copy of QuickTime 7.5 and stomp out more security flaws.
While Windows Vista often takes a beating 'round these parts for problems with speed and compatibility with older software, its improved security features are helping make video playback and web browsing more secure. Find out how.
Get your hands on the latest goodies for Windows (and MacOS!) from Microsoft, including Flickr support for Windows Live Photo Gallery, refreshes to DirectX, a new version of Virtual Earth 3D, and support for playing Windows Media files in MacOS QuickTime.