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Monday, June 25, 2012

Firefox 13.0.1 : Risk and its solution in new tab Feature

Someday ago we posted regarding Firefox 13.0.1 and its features. Today we are going to tell about some risk factor associated with Firefox 13.0.1 and how to solve it. 

 Firefox 13.0.1 gives a new home screen and easy access to your most often used sites through its new tab page feature, however that convenient new speed dial-like new tab page presents a bit of a security risk. As per reports this thumbnails which accompany these links on the new tab page have risk of leaking personal information.

As the browser takes regular screenshot and creates thumbnails (even while you are browsing a secure site) and by doing so it can expose the user's potential private data to other users who uses the same computer.

Regarding this risk factor Mozilla also agreed to it and promised to solved it in their next release.

How can it create a risk?
If you are using your computer personally alone and no body uses it, then there might not be any risk, however if you are using a shared computer, in that case you can face issue.

How can it be prevented?
You have to follow below steps and disable the feature of Firefox to take snapshot to be in safe zone. The steps for the same are:

  1. Type about:config in the address bar of Firefox browser.
  2. Search for browser.newtabpage.enabled and set it value to false.
  3. Now your browser can not take snapshot any more.

Hope Mozilla will fix this issue in their later release.


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