Mozilla: We Don’t Do Enterprise. Google: WE DO!

The IT world is mad at Asa Dotzler, and with good reason.

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, has increased it’s production schedule in a big way: it’s pushing new versions out the door in months instead of years, and ending support on it’s previous versions in the interim.

This is great for home users as they get the latest and greatest on a regular basis. In the business world however, rapid releases are bad news. Web browsers have to be tested for compatibility and security by IT departments, and this process can take weeks…months…even years in some cases. So what happens when the browser manufacturer your company bases its web platform on decides to create major releases every few months? Chaos. Continue reading “Mozilla: We Don’t Do Enterprise. Google: WE DO!”

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Firefox 5 Now Available – Top 6 New Features

Firefox 5Firefox 4, we barely knew ye.

Firefox 5 is now available on Mozilla’s Web Site for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android only three months after the release of Firefox 4. The latest version of the popular web browser adds a few interface tweaks, security enhancements, and revamped add-on updating to smooth things out. Firefox 5 keeps a lot of the new interface enhancements from the last version. Most of the changes seem to be either bug fixes or minor changes. The Mozilla Blog claims that the new version introduces over “1,000 improvements and performance enhancements,” but I’m not sure I could find them all. There is some Foxy goodness under the hood though. Here’s six features that drew my attention: Continue reading “Firefox 5 Now Available – Top 6 New Features”

Google To Give Old Browsers the Boot

Old BrowsersGoogle announced last week Google Apps will begin phasing out support for outdated web browsers. Beginning August 1st, only the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari are to be supported. Continue reading “Google To Give Old Browsers the Boot”

Twelve Easy Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

Many people think the Internet is full of boogeymen waiting to jump them after every click.  I think this is why so many users have trouble with computers.  They don’t trust them.  They’re convinced that one mis-click will end Social Security, start a war with Brazil, and all things chocolate will turn into vanilla.

There’s a widely-held belief that computers have this much power.

The truth is, the Internet isn’t all that bad.  It’s actually the user that has all the power.  Part of the  perceived problem is caused by common sense (or the suspension of).   Something happens where a user’s inhibitions go out the window while they’re online.  It’s like their mouse is injecting tequila into their bloodstream, and after a while —   WOOHOO!!!  Anything goes!  I’ll tell anyone anything!

The other part of the perceived problem is complacency.  If you’re in your pajamas, in your office, or better yet — in your pajamas while in your office, you feel safe and secluded.  Nothing can reach you there.  You start getting lazy about update notices, stop reading things through before clicking on them…and then BAM!  You’re nailed.

Vigilance is the key.  There is no vacation from following safe practices.  Just follow these twelve steps and keep yourself out of trouble: Continue reading “Twelve Easy Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy”