Unsecure Content

Chrome has landed their change that allows you to mark unsecure (HTTP) content as insecure or dubious. Visit chrome://flags/#mark-non-secure-as to set the toggle. You can choose to mark as Dubious: …or as Non-Secure: The expectation is that eventually one of these modes will be the default for sites that are transferred over insecure protocols likeContinue reading “Unsecure Content”

Browser Benchmarks

Back in December, I predicted that Microsoft wouldn’t release the Project Spartan beta until it bested all of its competitors on the major benchmarks: SunSpider, Kraken, and Octane. I was wrong—the first beta was released with only minor script performance improvements. That changed with build 10061 of Windows 10, and Spartan now does beat everyoneContinue reading “Browser Benchmarks”

Security UI

Over a decade ago, Windows started checking the signature of downloaded executables. When invoked, Attachment Execute Services’ (AES) UI displays the publisher’s information for signed executables; unsigned executables instead show a security prompt with a red shield and a bolded warning that the publisher of the file is unknown: In contrast, signed executables show aContinue reading “Security UI”

OpenSearch

History The new UI of Internet Explorer 7 included a dedicated search box adjacent to the address bar, like the then-new Firefox. As IE7 was built between 2004 and 2006, Microsoft didn’t have a very credible entry into the search engine market—Bing wouldn’t appear until 2009. The IE team made a wise decision in supportContinue reading “OpenSearch”