Browser innovations during 2010 were substantial with the release of IE 9 beta and the start of HTML 5 standards support. I truly like the READER MODE for Safari 5 as it can present blog entries or articles in an easy-to-read view like an e-book reader.
CIO Magazine - Five best Browser innovations during 2010
QUOTE: So it's fortunate that 2010 was rich with browser improvements and innovations. Here's a look at five that stand out and deserve a round of thanks from users everywhere. If you're not taking advantage of some of them yet, you're missing out.
1. Tab Candy from Mozilla -- Strictly speaking, this is a future innovation, but because a preview was rolled out in July, this innovative feature deserves recognition. Tab Candy is aimed at reducing the unwieldy clutter of tabs users generate every browsing session. Instead of a string of tabs across a bar, Tab Candy allows a user to organize tabs into logical groups that can be accessed with just a click.
2. Safari 5.x Reader Mode -- The latest versions of Apple's Safari browser for Windows and Macs add a nifty new feature called Reader. Reader allows the user to see the text of an article, free from surrounding clutter. What's more, when the article opens in its own window, you can see all of it without clicking from page to page. I suppose some publishers will be upset because Reader obliterates ads, but users won't be.
3. Browsers Tuned for Social Networking -- With Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the like occupying more and more of our time online, it's no surprise that a number of new browsers are focused on social networking. I wrote about RockMelt a few weeks ago. It's a slick browser built on top of Chromium, the open source code base of Google's Chrome browser. Flock is built on Mozilla's Firefox code base, and it's more of a departure from the norm than RockMelt
4. HTML 5 -- Standards can be too geeky and boring to think about; but this one isn't. If you've been using the Web for more than the last few weeks, you know that different sites can look different in different browsers. And some content—Flash being the most obvious example—can only be viewed using a browser that supports it. With HTML 5, Web content becomes browser agnostic and the need for plug-ins disappears, or at the very least, will be greatly reduced.
5. Internet Explorer 9 Beta -- Microsoft has finally decided to invigorate the IE franchise after years of stagnation. IE 9, which is still in preview, looks like it will be a great improvement over IE 8. IE's cluttered face, with toolbars all over the place, has been replaced with a much cleaner look that reminds me of Chrome.
New GPCODE ransomware attacks have emerged for the first time since 2008. These new attacks may be circulating in malicious attachments and they use higher levels of encryption than in the past. Ariva has published the technical details associated with this new attack.
New Ransomware Overwrites Master Boot Record
QUOTE: Avira is reporting a new and disturbing malware sample which overwrites the MBR (Master Boot Record) and replaces it with a ransom request. The MBR ransomware is downloaded and installed by a Trojan of the Oficla family. When you reboot after it overwrites the MBR you are presented with the screen below. The claim that all the hard drives were encrypted is a lie and you don't have to go to their web site for a password. The password "aaaaaaciip" restores the original MBR so that Windows will start again on all affected systems
Oficla.GM Trojan - Technical Details
QUOTE: The Oficla malware is a family of Trojans which inject code into running processes in order to download and execute files. We have seen the malware in the wild, downloading several additional malware families. The Trojan is often spammed out via mass mailings for example as UPS_Document or DHL_document.