But there is another type of biometrics that can be used to authenticate users – behavioral biometrics (“something you do”: speaking, typing, etc.).
The latter – information about how a user types on a keyboard – is particularly problematic if he or she wants to maintain their privacy online, as there are likely many websites that record these patterns and use (or might use them in the future) to identify users with a very high degree of certainty.
Source: Chrome extension thwarts user profiling based on typing behavior
So, he challenged infosec consultant Paul Moore to come up with a working solution to thwart this type of behavioral profiling.
The result is a Chrome extension called Keyboard Privacy, which prevents profiling of users by the way they type by randomizing the rate at which characters reach the DOM.
HTTP/2’s primary changes from HTTP/1.1 focus on improved performance. Some key features such as multiplexing, header compression, prioritization and protocol negotiation evolved from work done in an earlier open, but non-standard protocol named SPDY. Chrome has supported SPDY since Chrome 6, but since most of the benefits are present in HTTP/2, it’s time to say goodbye. We plan to remove support for SPDY in early 2016, and to also remove support for the TLS extension named NPN in favor of ALPN in Chrome at the same time. Server developers are strongly encouraged to move to HTTP/2 and ALPN.
via Chromium Blog: Hello HTTP/2, Goodbye SPDY.
By NPD’s tallies, Chromebooks accounted for 21% of all U.S. commercial notebook sales in 2013 through November, and 10% of all computers and tablets. Both shares were up massively from 2012; last year, Chromebooks accounted for an almost-invisible two-tenths of one percent of all computer and tablet sales.
Stephen Baker of NPD pointed out what others had said previously: Chromebooks have capitalized on Microsoft’s stumble with Windows 8. “
via Chromebooks’ success punches Microsoft in the gut – Computerworld.
Google has not released any official statement about breaking the playback feature, but if Google is deliberating doing what Amazon, Microsoft of Apple do with their devices to break the 3rd party features then it doesn’t sound very good.
via Google breaks ChromeCast’s ability to play local content | Muktware.
Too hard. Let’s try some side channels. Let me show you how you can view all SSL encrypted data, via exploiting Amazon 1Button App installed on your victims’ browsers.
via Jealous of PRISM? Use “Amazon 1 Button” Chrome extension to sniff all HTTPS websites!.
tldr; uninstall NOW!
Unlike Microsoft’s solution, CAMP attempts to detect locally whether any downloaded file is malicious, before passing characteristics of the file to its server-based analysis system. First, the system checks the binary against a blacklist–in this case, Google’s Safe Browsing API. If that check returns no positive result and, if the file has the potential to be malicious, CAMP will check a whitelist to see if the binary is a known good file.
via Google Uses Reputation To Detect Malicious Downloads – Dark Reading.
CAMP’s 99-percent success rate trounced four antivirus products, which individually only detected at most 25 percent of the malicious files and collectively detected about 40 percent, the researchers stated.
This may be a first. Bad webpage coding can often cause a browser to crash, but yesterday’s crash looks like something different: widespread crashing kicked off by a web service designed to help drive your browser.
via Google Accidentally Transmits Self-Destruct Code to Army of Chrome Browsers | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.
Elliot A. Gottfurcht, Managing Member and lead inventor of EMG’s patent portfolio, explains, “Google’s Chrome Mobile Browser directly infringes the ‘196 patent by displaying mobile webpages on smart phones and tablets using EMG’s patented simplified navigation system, which permits users to navigate a touch screen with unique inputs and to manipulate the screen for zooming and scrolling. Mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, made by Motorola (which is owned by Google) and Samsung, use Google’s Chrome Mobile Browser to navigate mobile web sites using EMG’s patented simplified navigation system.”
via EMG Technology Sues Google for Infringing Its Mobile Device Patent – MarketWatch.
Internet Explorer’s global market share has been steadily decreasing since May 2011, dropping from about 43.9 percent to 31.4 percent of all worldwide users. In that time, Google Chrome has continued to climb from below 20 percent (19.6 percent, really) to nearly 32 percent of the market share. The current trends suggests Chrome usage will only increase while Internet Explorer will continue its decline.
via Google Chrome Becomes World’s No. 1 Web Browser; Still No. 2 In US – International Business Times.
That was fast!