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The world is progressing towards “everything on cloud” phase, making web browsers the most used application for anyone and everyone. It now doesn’t matter much which platform you are using. Be it Windows, OS X, Linux or cloud based operating system such as Chromium, you always need a web browser to access the Internet. The omnipresent presence of web browsers in our day-to-day life has made it such, we never give it a second thought. Anyone accessed the world-wide web ever is already familiar with web browsers. Popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, OperaSafari etc are not new to anyone. But the world of web browsers is not limited to these few web browsers only. There are hundreds of web browsers available for you to try. In tech language they fall in the “alternative” web browser category. These so-called “alternative web browsers” come loaded with some unique features. And there are concrete reasons too to the question “why use an alternative browser?“.

The increasing number of web apps along with the multitude of different accounts needed to get access to them, has put a good password manager in the must-have software list. There are a few web apps that lets you log in using your existing Facebook or Google account, but there are many services like e-banking that needs specific credentials and this is where a password manager such as Sticky Password helps you out.

You may think that you may not need a password manager. You can always use a short and easy to remember password, and use it on all of your accounts. Well, think again. You must have heard about some high-profile hacking and the millions of accounts compromised. Today, we are going to review Sticky Password which has been recently updated to version 7. Sticky Password 7 is available in two editions: one with online synchronization support across various supported devices and one that works only locally (Windows OS only, portable version can be created to take the utility across other computers).

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for all platforms. Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.149 security update is released for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.262 for Linux, Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.37 for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.32 for Android 3.x and 2.x are released. Security update for Windows and Macintosh addressed issues which are rated critical by Adobe. For all supported platforms, these updates addresses vulnerabilities referred as CVE-2013-0633, CVE-2013-0634 (details later). These vulnerabilities could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected computer system and may cause a crash.

Out of the two vulnerabilities discovered in Adobe Flash Player, Adobe reports that CVE-2013-0633 is being exploited in the wild. It is a targeted attack designed to trick a user to open a Microsoft Word document. The document is sent via email and has malicious Flash (SWF) content. It targets the ActiveX version of Flash Player on Windows. Similarly, Adobe reports that CVE-2013-0634 is also being exploited in the wild. The attacks targeting this vulnerability is delivered via malicious Flash (SWF) content hosted on websites that target Flash Player in Firefox or Safari on the Macintosh platform. It can also affect Windows users in similar way as CVE-2013-0633.

With more and more zero-day vulnerabilities are uncovered which is affecting Oracle’s Java plugin, users are now often asking how to disable Java or remove Java from their Windows computers or Mac platform.

First, let us clear the confusion which arises among most users about Java and JavaScript, keep in mind that both are different. Java is a programming language and computing platform that powers programs including utilities, games, and business applications, which was first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995, now developed and maintained by Oracle. While, JavaScript is an open source scripting language used to create dynamic websites and enhance user interfaces.

Looking at the increasing number of zero-day flaws that are getting uncovered, its advised that you do not to install Java at all, if you never felt the need of it. If you need Java for some important work, then you should only enable it when you need it. For the rest of the time you should keep Java plugin disabled in your browsers and you should also disable Java on Windows or OS X operating system.

On November 19, 2012, Mozilla has released the latest Firefox 17.0 web browser (stable channel) for all supported platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Android. The most exciting feature is with Firefox 17, Mozilla finally brings social integration, to the stable channel of the web browser.

Other notable features and improvements are overall security of the web browser has been improved, by implementing click-to-play blocklisting and support for the “sandbox” attribute (HTML5) for IFrames. Additional Firefox 17 come with lots of performance improvements, fixes touch on the “new tab” page, fixes problem with the pointer lock not working in web apps or page down scrolling too far on websites with fixed headers.

Windows 8 flaunts two different user interfaces, the new modern “Metro” interface and the classic desktop interface. Now, the problem with this is if your favorite web browser supports the new interface, you will actually end up using two versions of the same browser. The first version which is easily accessible through the new Windows 8 Start Page and the second through the classic desktop version. In this how to article, we will see how you can take control over this behavior of Google Chrome web browser. After completing the process, Google Chrome will be always forced to open in Windows 8 desktop regardless of where it was actually launched from.

When the first time I heard about “In-Content Preferences” over at Mozilla Links, I didn’t understand anything about it. But after digging further, I found out that its a great new feature which is very common for Google Chrome users. Basically, Google Chrome displays its preferences as a regular Tab instead of opening a modal window, which Firefox and most other browsers including Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera does.

At present, in Firefox 13 stable channel, when you access Firefox Options (by clicking on Firefox Button > Options > Options), you get a new modal window for customizing your Firefox preferences. Now, the problem is you will not be able to interact with any open tabs in Firefox until and unless you close the Options window. But soon, starting with Firefox 15, Mozilla is changing the way Firefox Options is displayed with “in-content preferences.”

Google is soon going to enable the new navigation menu replacing the current black navigation bar.

“The Google bar, which runs across the top of the browser of nearly all Google services and offers easy access to Google’s products, has recently updated its look for a more consistent, streamlined user experience and increased visibility of the most popular services,” explains Google.

The new navigation looks much more elegant and compact. You will find the gray navigation bar above each of Google’s products. The bar basically has three main areas. When you hover your mouse pointer over the Google logo on the left or click on it, a drop-down menu will appear with links to Google services. The menu links to Google+, Web Search, Image Search, Google Maps, YouTube, Google News, Gmail and Google Docs, but you can mouse over “More” to see more services. The central area has a search box for the Google service you are using now. The right side features a share box and notifications to take part on Google+ from any Google page.

FavBackup is a freeware portable software for Windows users that lets you save and migrate almost any major web browser settings. It archives all your personal settings and data such as bookmarks, history, cookies, and saved passwords from all major web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari and Flock.

In this digital age, one just can’t afford to lose their personal settings and data. As the number of web browser choices have increased, most of us like to use multiple web browsers for surfing the Internet. Keeping a backup of all the data, spread over all these different browsers is difficult, thanks to FavBackup it is less of a hassle now. FavBackup offers an easy and comprehensive way to back up all the data and even lets you migrate easily to a browser on a different computer.

FavBackup is completely portable application and requires no installation. The program has an intuitive Ribbon user interface, so getting started with it is easy and quick. After downloading the program, extract the FavBackup executable file in your choice of folder, run the executable.