NEWS FROM THE LAB - Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Firefox 3 Aims for Guinness World Record Posted by Sean @ 12:48 GMT

Firefox 3 will be released today. Many of us in the lab were not aware that Mozilla is pushing for a Guiness World Record. Mozilla is aiming for a record number of downloads within the first 24 hours.

Kudos to Jay, from our Vulnerability Team, for pointing it out to us.

Firefox 3, Guinness World Record

There's already a large number of pledges and it should be interesting to see how many of those are fulfilled.

This release kicks off a browser skirmish…

Firefox 3 will introduce a number of new security features that look very promising.

For example: sites using Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates will be very noticeable to end users from the Navigation Toolbar.

Firefox 3, PayPal EV SSL

There's also antivirus integration for executable file downloads and malware protection. Malware protection warns users when they attempt to visit bad sites known to be hosting malware. The anti-phishing site features have also been enhanced.

On the other side of the battlefield is Microsoft's beta of Internet Explorer 8. They are working on similar security features.

Then of course there's Opera, which some of us in the lab use. Opera 9.5 is now available and it too has new security options.

There's even Apple's Safari available for Windows.

All of this is good news for end users. Many of the malware samples and scams that we currently come across are targeting browser applications. So enhancing browser security and an increase in competitiveness is a good thing.

Update: Based on quick look of our usage statistics, a little over half of those that visit our dot.com site are using either IE6 or IE7. Firefox accounts for 20 percent, Opera 2%, and Nokia/Symbian 1%.

Question: What is your browser of choice?