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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:45 PM

Unlucky number 13? New Firefox browser version exposes private data

Unlucky number 13? New Firefox browser version exposes private data

http://venturebeat.com/2012/06/25/unlucky-number-13-new-firefox-browser-version-exposes-private-data/



June 25, 2012 8:05 AM
John Koetsier

The latest update to web browser Firefox may have an unlucky number, but it certainly has an unlucky feature: a privacy slip that could allow anyone using your computer to view private, encrypted pages that you previously visited.

The problem is in a new feature that adds thumbnails of recently visited, favorite, or pinned websites on new browser tabs. Mozilla, the organization that makes the Firefox browser, says the feature is intended to increase ease-of use: “When you create a new tab, Firefox shows your top sites to make getting where you want to go easier than ever.”



To enable the new feature, however, Mozilla built the ability into the browser to take regular screenshots. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop taking screenshots when the browser is on a secure, encrypted connection, meaning that users who access banking information or other private sites run the risk of that data becoming public knowledge when friends or family members use their computers.

The problem was discovered by a reader of The Register who opened a new tab to be greeted by his banking balances and account numbers.

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Reply Unlucky number 13? New Firefox browser version exposes private data (Original post)
Amerigo Vespucci Jun 2012 OP
hlthe2b Jun 2012 #1
Amerigo Vespucci Jun 2012 #3
Mosby Jun 2012 #7
Egalitarian Thug Jun 2012 #4
hlthe2b Jun 2012 #6
Egalitarian Thug Jun 2012 #9
marmar Jun 2012 #2
ananda Jun 2012 #5
kentauros Jun 2012 #8

Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:47 PM

1. Well, since it locks up every 10 minutes or so, that seems immaterial... Using chrome until the next

version comes out.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:51 PM

3. It really seems to hate scripts of any kind

That's nothing new for version 13, just something I wish they'd fixed long ago. I hate those little "a script has stopped responding" pop-ups. I also use Chrome (and sometimes Opera) out of sheer frustration with Firefox.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:03 PM

7. I use it at home and work and don't have any problems

They do need to fix this issue with screenshots though.

My biggest complaint is where it wants to put downloaded files.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:51 PM

4. Runnning Windoze? n/t

 

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:56 PM

6. Yup, but it does it on windows xp and windows 7.. with and without firewalls...

Irritating as hell. Plus it stalls and is interminably slow. I have long preferred firefox, but damn.

Some say it is a flash issue, but uninstalling/reinstalling flash did nada.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 05:39 AM

9. I've heard this many times before. I know my blood pressure is better since

 

I stopped putting up with M$.

My Firefox locked up twice in the last year or so, but both times it was a company trying to run something through a YouTube video and Firefox stopped it and that resulted in the crash (but the flash plug-in was blamed). Just restarted it and went to another video.

Just something to consider.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:49 PM

2. I had it for a minute but Norton Security Suite didn't seem to like it much.....

...... so I reverted back to the previous version.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:53 PM

5. Geez, they're already at 13.

I'm only at 8.0.1. Maybe that's a good thing, huh.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:37 PM

8. As usual, Opera leads the way.

Although, their new-tab function, called "Speed Dial" (and which they've had for several years), never had such bugs with security. Also, it doesn't automatically add linked-thumbnails to the tab. Rather, you have to designate which pages you want for quick access. And in recent versions, they've made it more customizable, including the ability to add more than the original nine links

For example, here's mine:

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