For those who are wary of using free wifi in public areas (everyone should be concerned); Sidestep is a free plugin for firefox that protects your surfing from prying eyes.
When Sidestep detects you connecting to an unprotected wireless network, it automatically encrypts all of your Internet traffic and reroutes it through a secure connection to a server of your choosing, which acts as your Internet proxy. And it does all this in the background so that you don’t even notice it.
With Sidestep enabled, no one can eavesdrop on your traffic and impersonate you or see what you’re seeing as you browse the web.
You can download it here. Please donate to chetansurper to keep this software available.
I personally use Firefox, Chrome, Opera and other alternatives, but a large proportion of people use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Please take note:
Users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed. The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say. Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.
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The good folks at Mozilla, makers of 2 applications I use everyday (Firefox and Thunderbird2) are working on the next version of Firefox and will put in an address bar that is even smarter, faster and easier.
Check out the article here; http://www.webware.com/8301-1_109-9944662-2.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Webware
Webware.com is a great site with reviews of the latest web 2.0 applications and developments.