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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. 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”? You could imagine a dozen contenders for each of these searches. J. The company bested millions of sites — and not just in searches for dresses, bedding and area rugs. This striking performance lasted for months, most crucially through the holiday season, when there is a huge spike in online shopping. With more than 1,100 stores and $17.8 billion in total revenue in 2010, Penney is certainly a major player in American retailing. Snapshot of global internet speeds revealed. 28 July 2010Last updated at 12:27 The world's internet is getting faster - slowly A report based on analysis of huge amounts of net traffic has revealed the state of the internet around the globe.

Snapshot of global internet speeds revealed

The data, from network giant Akamai reveals the average global net speed is only 1.7Mbps (megabits per second) although some countries have made strides towards faster services. The fastest broadband city in the world is Masan in South Korea. In the speed league table, the UK is ranked 27th out of 201 countries, with an average speed of 3.8Mbps. Continue reading the main story Average net speed by region South Korea 12Mbps Hong Kong 9Mbps Japan 7.8Mbps Romania 6.3Mbps Latvia 6.3Mbps Sweden 6.1Mbps Netherlands 5.9Mbps Czech Republic 5.4Mbps Denmark 5.3Mbps Switzerland 5.2Mbps. 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. 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.

Software Engineering for Internet Applications.

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

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. Thoughts on Flash. WebGL as a security problem.