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    Secure browsers other than firefox.

    I use firefox 19.0 ubuntu 12.04. I have add ons like noscript, adblockplus, betterprivacy, click&clean and apparmor enabled. I am not at all an expert on security issues but it seems with this configuration, firefox is a very secure browser. The only feature I dislike, is that new versions of firefox are released too frequently, some times even within 8days (e.g., from 19.0.1 to 19.0.2) and then I have to upgrade to that version followed by updatation/upgradation of some other sections of software too as required by update manager and in addition, I will have to upgrade to new versions of adblockplus and no script as a result of updating to new version of firefox. This has become irritating. Is there any other web-browser which is as secure as firefox with my current setting but which does not require so frequent updatation? Its true that with new versions of a software we are making the browser more secure and updatation is itself a good security measure but on the other hand if the chain of updatation becomes painful then I may have to think of using some other browser. It would have been nice if instead of releasing an entire version of firefox they would only fix the reported flaws, just like we receive support for ubuntu long-term-support versions. So can experts suggest some other browser as I specified above?

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    Re: Secure browsers other than firefox.

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    Re: Secure browsers other than firefox.

    Quote Originally Posted by newhere_m View Post
    I use firefox 19.0 ubuntu 12.04. I have add ons like noscript, adblockplus, betterprivacy, click&clean and apparmor enabled. I am not at all an expert on security issues but it seems with this configuration, firefox is a very secure browser. The only feature I dislike, is that new versions of firefox are released too frequently, some times even within 8days (e.g., from 19.0.1 to 19.0.2) and then I have to upgrade to that version followed by updatation/upgradation of some other sections of software too as required by update manager and in addition, I will have to upgrade to new versions of adblockplus and no script as a result of updating to new version of firefox. This has become irritating. Is there any other web-browser which is as secure as firefox with my current setting but which does not require so frequent updatation? Its true that with new versions of a software we are making the browser more secure and updatation is itself a good security measure but on the other hand if the chain of updatation becomes painful then I may have to think of using some other browser. It would have been nice if instead of releasing an entire version of firefox they would only fix the reported flaws, just like we receive support for ubuntu long-term-support versions. So can experts suggest some other browser as I specified above?
    What is your exact problem? Is it the bandwidth?
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    Re: Secure browsers other than firefox.

    What's wrong with Chrome? I know it's really insecure on Windows, but it seems fine on Linux.

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    Re: Secure browsers other than firefox.

    Hi newher_m, What you say is exacly my concern too. Too many updates is not showing much affection with the "customer" and makes me think they do not much testing before spreading an update.
    Last edited by kuifje09; March 12th, 2013 at 06:46 PM. Reason: typo

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    Re: Secure browsers other than firefox.

    New firefox policy is: very frequent releases. Sometimes security related, but also marketing related.
    Ubuntu has chromium afaik. A stable platform.

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    Re: Secure browsers other than firefox.

    To vasa1: There are two problems, one is the bandwidth issue as you guessed and the other I had already explained: it is frequent repitition of updatation of firefox and associated packages. Would people be plesased if we were asked to install new versions of ubuntu every two weeks instead of providing support for a particular version for a reasonably longer period?

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    Re: Secure browsers other than firefox.

    Quote Originally Posted by newhere_m View Post
    To vasa1: There are two problems, one is the bandwidth issue as you guessed and the other I had already explained: it is frequent repitition of updatation of firefox and associated packages. Would people be plesased if we were asked to install new versions of ubuntu every two weeks instead of providing support for a particular version for a reasonably longer period?
    Aside from the bandwidth, the fact that the software is updated frequently is quite irrelevant to me. The issue of extensions breaking was quite real when Firefox first moved to the rapid release cycle but is hardly an issue for the end user now.

    Anyway, as has been suggested, the ESR track may be suited for people who want less change. AFAIK, Firefox is the only browser to have such a track.

    Also, this thread doesn't seem to have much to do with "security" per se but is more to do with the recurring discussion of the merits/demerits of rapid releases.
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    Re: Secure browsers other than firefox.

    Thanks for suggestion.
    I agree this is a bit off-topic in this section so this should be relocated at its appropriate place. But how do I make such a request and to whom?

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    Re: Secure browsers other than firefox.

    To have a thread moved, or anything else to do with it or a post, click the report post butoon at the bottom of your profile on the left, or to the right, if you have the profile on top of the posts.

    BTW thread moved to the Cafe.

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