Speed kills — ask any cop — and browser users are going to find that out very soon.
The browser wars heated up this week, with Microsoft’s launch of Internet Explorer 8, Google’s release of a new beta version of Chrome, and the debut ofMozilla’s Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox.
For example, clothing and shoes retailer Karmaloop has built a community based on Web 2.0: It lets independent designers upload videos about their products, and it offers a Web television show, community forums and an invitation-only social network for trendsetters.
“With increased speed you get richer content,” Randy Abrams, director of technical education at antivirus software vendor ESET, told TechNewsWorld.
Systems that let users input formatted content, such as HTML, are especially susceptible to cross-site scripting, the Forum says.
While faster browsers make it easier to render rich Internet content such as videos, rich content is often abused by hackers. For example, they post links to Web sites purporting to carry videos of celebrities, but those videos are actually malware.
“RIAs can be attractive for legitimate enterprises as well as the bad guys,” ESET’s Abrams said. “Going faster means you can get infected faster, and exploits will work faster.”
IE8 May Win Out
Also, IE8 got a speed boost via a different technique, Peter Christy, an analyst at Internet Research Group, told TechNewsWorld.