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The Web Won't Be Safe or Secure until We Break It. Related Content Security in the Browser Web browsers leave users vulnerable to an ever-growing number of attacks.

The Web Won't Be Safe or Secure until We Break It

Can we make them secure while preserving their usability? Browse this Topic: Queue on Reddit Jeremiah Grossman, WhiteHat Security The Internet was designed to deliver information, but few people envisioned the vast amounts of information that would be involved or the personal nature of that information. If people knew just how much of their personal information they unwittingly make available to each and every Web site they visit—even sites they've never been to before—they would be disturbed. Obtaining all this information has been possible for years. Drive-by downloads seek to escape the confines of the browser walls and infect the computer's operating system below with malware. These attacks are primarily written with HTML, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and JavaScript, so they are not identifiable as malware by antivirus software in the classic sense.

Nonstarter Solutions. 11 hard truths about HTML5. HTML5 heralds some nifty new features and the potential for sparking a Web programming paradigm shift, and as everyone who has read the tech press knows, there is nothing like HTML5 for fixing the Internet.

11 hard truths about HTML5

Sprinkle some HTML5 into your code, and your websites will be faster and fancier -- it'll make your teeth white, too. But the reality of what HTML5 can do for those seeking native-app performance on the Web falls short of the hype. The Dirty Little Secrets of Search. PRETEND for a moment that you are Google’s search engine.

The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

Someone types the word “dresses” and hits enter. What will be the very first result? There are, of course, a lot of possibilities. Macy’s comes to mind. Maybe a specialty chain, like J. O.K., how about the word “bedding”? “Area rugs”? Snapshot of global internet speeds revealed. 28 July 2010Last updated at 12:27 The world's internet is getting faster - slowly.

Snapshot of global internet speeds revealed

Firefox 4 RC Vs. IE9 RC: The First Duel. Mozilla posted the first builds of the Release Candidate of Firefox on its FTP servers: Time for a first comparison with IE9 RC, its main rival. How fast is Mozilla’s Firefox 4 RC1? At the time of this writing, Mozilla’s Firefox 4 RC has not been released, at least not officially. However, the first build of the release candidate was available openly for some time last Friday and we accepted the invitation to take a closer look. According to Mozilla’s developer posts, the Firefox team does not expect to make any more changes to the code of the posted RC (build1) and release it as the final version in the near future. In fact, the version posted on Mozilla’s FTP server was built from the Firefox 4.0 beta 13-pre builds based on the Mozilla 2.0 core . Firefox 4.0 RC Both IE9 and Firefox 4 are beautiful browsers with dramatically enhanced user interfaces. The overall impression is a much more lightweight browser than Firefox 3.6.

We ran both browsers on two different hardware platforms: JavaScript expert: WebKit, get your bug-ridden house in order. It was a good day for the WebKit browser engine yesterday when Opera Software adopted it in place of its in-house Presto .

JavaScript expert: WebKit, get your bug-ridden house in order

But yesterday's developments also became an opportunity for a high-profile JavaScript programmer to lodge criticisms about WebKit. "Each release of Chrome or Safari generates excitement about new bleeding-edge features; nobody seems to worry about the stuff that's already (still!) Broken," complained Dave Methvin, president of the jQuery foundation and a member of the core programming team that builds the widely used Web programming tool, in a blog post. "jQuery Core has more lines of fixes and patches for WebKit than any other browser. In general these are not recent regressions, but long-standing problems that have yet to be addressed. " WebKit is a browser engine used initially in Apple's OS X and later in iOS and Google's Chrome products. Software Engineering for Internet Applications. JavaScript conquers the server. May 25, 2011 Follow @peterwayner In 1996 when no one believed in Apple and AOL was voted most likely to succeed, Netscape took its shiny, new JavaScript language from the browser and stuck it in the Netscape Enterprise HTTP server.

JavaScript conquers the server

That was probably the first moment that someone tried to make JavaScript the lingua franca for back-office servers, but it wasn't the last. After Netscape dissolved into Mozilla, new stacks with JavaScript have come and gone as the true believers try again and again. Now some 15 years later, JavaScript on the server is back in vogue. Pillars of Python: Six Python Web frameworks compared. August 10, 2011 Although Python is not as prevalent as, say, PHP as a language for Web applications, Python nevertheless has much to recommend it in that effort.

Pillars of Python: Six Python Web frameworks compared

It is a dynamic, interpreted language, as is PHP, and therefore encourages iterative, exploratory development. Programming purists could point to the fact that object orientation was designed into Python from its very beginnings, rather than being retrofitted to the language at a later point in its life. Thoughts on Flash. WebGL as a security problem.