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Hey y'all I'm just wondering what browser y'all use and how y'all would rank it in security (from 1-10). To start I use SeaMonkey 2.24 with ad-block plus. (Filters: All the Fanboy filters http://www.fanboy.co.nz/) I also have NoScript to prevent XSS and Clickjacking attacks. I'd rank my new secure browser somewhere between a 7-8 as since I do not want another Win 7 incident http://www.msfn.org/...-5#entry1067128 , though I bet y'all can do better so tell us what you got and how would you rank it from 1-10 :), but please no 1s.


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(K-Meleon 1.5.4) - java disabled, javascript disabled, popup blocker turned on, image animation blocker turned on, remember passwords turned off, clear the cookies and history on every shutdown. I'd say it's a pretty secure browser. Never had any *noticeable* security problems. Then again, I don't put my credit card or social security numbers online using this computer. Overall score = 8. Minus two points for loss of functionality. Of course, my scoring is totally arbitrary. Who knows, my computer could be comprimised and I wouldn't even know it! However, I doubt it is infected because I have a total of 13 on-demand antivirus scanners/tools on this computer (or on hand). I'd say my paranoia is justified considering my computer's age.

(SeaMonkey 1.1.19) - the exact same options are disabled here as in the above browser. Again, zero problems with security. SeaMonkey doesn't have the option to clear cookies on shutdown, so I use CCleaner to wipe out all cookies when I boot my computer. Score = 8.

On another tangent... there is a criteria for determining your browser's uniqueness and how easy it would be for someone to track your digital footprint. Go here: https://panopticlick.eff.org/

I ran the test and here's my score: "Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys 19.88 bits of identifying information."

Edited by LostInSpace2012, 16 February 2014 - 11:23 PM.


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Heres a nice site with a list of tools to check security 
 
http://www.techrepub...owser-security/

I particularly used Browser scope http://www.browserscope.org/ and my setup for sea monkey (on vista) got a score of

---------------------___Score____Security__Rich Text____Selectors API__Network___Acid3_____JSKB
SeaMonkey 2.2.4___86/100___16/17___933/1308____100.0%_____11/16_____100/100___82

Results for security HTML: http://www.browsersc...link sniffing=1

 

Compare that to my windows me opera 10.63 which got a 8/17 http://www.browsersc...tegory=security and my Me's firefox 3.6.28 which got a 12 or 13/17 test still says running for Strict Transport Security


Edited by Flasche, 17 February 2014 - 01:04 AM.


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I occasionally use Opera 10.63 and FF 3.6.28 with Kernelex....

It looks like security wise, SeaMonkey 2.2.4 did the best. I'm guessing that's probably because it's the newer, whereas Opera 10, which is the oldest, got the weakest score of the three. I guess that figures :-)

Edited by LostInSpace2012, 17 February 2014 - 02:21 AM.


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I occasionally use Opera 10.63 and FF 3.6.28 with Kernelex....

It looks like security wise, SeaMonkey 2.2.4 did the best. I'm guessing that's probably because it's the newer, whereas Opera 10, which is the oldest, got the weakest score of the three. I guess that figures :-)

No script also did effect the score.



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http://www.browsersc...link sniffing=1

 

Interesting results. Firefox is less secure than IE 10 and 11 (Vanilla Firefox with no addons)



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this is what it showed when I visited their webpage...

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Edited by LostInSpace2012, 16 March 2014 - 12:01 AM.


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On another tangent... there is a criteria for determining your browser's uniqueness and how easy it would be for someone to track your digital footprint. Go here: https://panopticlick.eff.org/

I ran the test and here's my score: "Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys 19.88 bits of identifying information."

That script read my entire, unique list of installed fonts via the Flash plugin for 21.92 "bits"! Removing Flash prevented that. The next list highest category was set of preferred languages. Having 3 on the list gave the same 21.92 "bit" count for that item. Clearing it out to leave on English, dropped the estimate to 8 "bits".

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this is what it showed when I visited their webpage...

Yes and it showed firefox was less secure, even if it was by one.



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this is what it showed when I visited their webpage...

 

My apologies. I didn't realize that you were testing SeaMonkey. I thought that you were comparing Firefox and internet explorer. That is interesting indeed. do you have no script installed. did you tweak the browser.



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Howdy... I always surf with javascript turned off. No "noscript" or anything, just plain turned off :-)

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I've personally never encountered insecure browser except when I used IE below version 7

 

for past few years I'm on Opera 11.52

and the only thing that got me was via Java plugin

 

removing that made it all safe back again

I use custom hosts file and I never have any problems ...



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I've personally never encountered insecure browser except when I used IE below version 7

 

for past few years I'm on Opera 11.52

and the only thing that got me was via Java plugin

 

removing that made it all safe back again

I use custom hosts file and I never have any problems ...

 

That is very good to know. :w00t:  Do you have a 98 or windows me Virtual machine, and if you do how well does it run. I use opera 12.02, but don't like how I cant add to the speed dial.



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Howdy... I always surf with javascript turned off. No "noscript" or anything, just plain turned off :-)

 

You most certainly beat my Firefox 3.2.68 setup. I think I'm download the latest 1.xx SeaMonkey to try it out.



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Firefox Nightly x64 builds.

 

I've always found the Fanboy filters to be far too overly aggressive. They also used to block a lot of images and other things that were totally safe on websites (recommended/affiliate websites - basically friend type websites).



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Firefox Nightly x64 builds.

 

I've always found the Fanboy filters to be far too overly aggressive. They also used to block a lot of images and other things that were totally safe on websites (recommended/affiliate websites - basically friend type websites).

 

Fanboy's main filters are now adblocks easy list. So sad.

 

 

this is what it showed when I visited their webpage...

 

It might be because Seamonkey is the king. Seamonkey 2.25 with Noscript turned off.

 

Attached File  SeaMonkey.bmp   63.51KB   6 downloads



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It might be because Seamonkey is the king. Seamonkey 2.25 with Noscript turned off.


It might be the "king", but I'm quite happy using Chrome and it's variants and miss one point in the security area, and gain in overall to 87 vs 15 for Seamonkey. :)

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It might be because Seamonkey is the king. Seamonkey 2.25 with Noscript turned off.


It might be the "king", but I'm quite happy using Chrome and it's variants and miss one point in the security area, and gain in overall to 87 vs 15 for Seamonkey. :)

Cheers and Regards

 

 

That was because I did the security test only. I ran all the tests and got an 86.

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Then I guess COMODO Dragon beats Seamonkey:

 

5mmqgo.jpg

 

Security - 16

Overall - 87

 

The king is dead!  Long live the king!  LOL

 

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Then I guess COMODO Dragon beats Seamonkey:

 

5mmqgo.jpg

 

Security - 16

Overall - 87

 

The king is dead!  Long live the king!  LOL

 

Cheers and Regards

 

Not if I can find some addons to level the field :P . In all seriousness though Chrome is a very good browser that I like a lot. I personally use Chromium over chrome for open source reasons. (doesn't change the fact that I still, prefer seamonkey for its stability though)



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No problem.  I like Seamonkey as well. :)  As to which variant of Chrome I like, I used to use SRWare Iron, but now I use COMODO Dragon, that's what the above tests were based on.

 

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this tests make no sense at all tho

 

ACID - just site style (css) - this shouldn't be security test

rich text - wtf... how is this security test ?

selectors API - again wtf... how is this security test ?

 

in fact

the only security thing should be based on JS, sandboxed/non-sandboxed plugins and specific known backdoors (whatever they are) and probably memory overflow

 

but behold the above huge scores based on what ?


Edited by vinifera, 09 April 2014 - 06:18 PM.


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this tests make no sense at all tho

 

ACID - just site style (css) - this shouldn't be security test

rich text - wtf... how is this security test ?

selectors API - again wtf... how is this security test ?

 

in fact

the only security thing should be based on JS, sandboxed/non-sandboxed plugins and specific known backdoors (whatever they are) and probably memory overflow

 

but behold the above huge scores based on what ?

 

Security has its own section. Browser scopes test all sections of a browser then gives it a score out off 100 so you can compare. Security included. If you want to see what the security test are here is a pic.

 

(I clicked the security tab to show the security tests the site does)

 

 

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