Tag Archives: Web Browsers

Microsoft Edge browser becomes Chromium compatible

Microsoft now has made their Edge browser Chromium compatible with its latest release on January 15, 2020.  New Edge browser extensions are also available.

The new Microsoft Edge will replace Microsoft Edge Legacy with the Windows 10 Update on on April 13, 2021. Other changes include vertical tabs and new privacy settings.

Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge is available to view older websites that do not run as intended using modern web browsers.

Adobe recommends uninstalling Flash Player

Adobe no longer supports Flash Player as of January 1, 2021, and recommends that all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.  They stated that developers should move Flash Player content to newer platforms such as HTML5 in a prior post.

Microsoft Windows update KB4577586 will also permanently remove Flash Player.  This update will be installed automatically as part of regular Windows updates.

Ransomware decryption tools and victim resources

The No More Ransom project website has free decryption tools for many known ransomware typesAvast Decryption Tools, Trend Micro Decryptor, and ID Ransomware are other websites that can help victims of ramsomware.  A list of antivirus software providers for Windows may be found here.

The United States Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has a site with tips on how to prevent ransomware attacks.

Google Chrome comes with Chrome Cleanup, a web browser feature that creates alerts when it detects unwanted software and allows the user to remove the software and return Chrome to its default settings.

If a decryption tool is not found, one option is to replace the hard drive and operating system and save the locked drive offline. A decryption tool for the ransomware strain may become available months later to free the data at that point.

 

End of support for Windows 7 and other Microsoft products

Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 7 after January 14th 2020 and will no longer provide security updates.  For volume license customers, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) will be available for a fee through January 2023. A future option may be Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) for Windows 7, which was announced in 2018 but not yet available in Preview mode.

Update: paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) will be available for businesses of all sizes through January 2023.

Office 2010 will no longer be supported as of October 13th 2020.   Microsoft is also ending support for Windows 10 Mobile OS for smartphones on December 10th 2019 and recommends that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device.

Internet Explorer 11 will be the last release, and Microsoft has released more information at its Internet Explorer FAQ page.

Support life cycle dates for Microsoft products can be found at support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search.

Microsoft Edge browser will become Chromium compatible

Microsoft announced that their Edge browser will be changed to become Chromium compatible (and behave more like Google Chrome) in order to standardize web development.   The Edge development team has shared more details on the transition to the open source Chromium project at its Developer Blog site and GitHub pages.

Update:  Edge browser is now Chromium compatible in 2021.

Web browsers and websites should be upgraded to TLS 1.2 standard

Most major web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer should already be using TLS 1.2 (Transport Layer Security protocol) if the latest versions are installed.

Windows devices can be updated by selecting Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Internet Options.  Under the Advanced tab, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 should be unchecked.

 

To verify if your browser meets TLS 1.2 security requirements, you can access these links:  www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/viewMyClient.html and www.howsmyssl.com

Websites and servers that have not recently been updated may still be running TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1, so web browsers and apps may display error messages or block access to them.

TLS 1.3 is currently the latest version, which was published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in August 2018.