Opera Browser

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by UM, Feb 9, 2004.

  1. UM

    UM Guest

    Today I tried the Opera Web browser, and I must say
    I'm fully convinced and have switched from IE to Opera.

    In IE (and OE, and nearly all "software" of Microsoft)
    nearly every click on any link starts some external plugins/
    DLLs/OCX etc. etc. to collect data, and which nowadays
    have become the most dangerous things for virus
    installations/distributions and spyware backdoors.
    My concern was especially the security issues plus privacy.
    It is a shameful practice by some (too many!) companies
    on the net to collect horrible sum of data from each
    surfer secretly and hiddenly by the above mentioned
    methods. I've analyzed what network traffic and program
    modules each click on a web page (even locally stored
    HTMLs! ) hiddenly do. You won't believe it if you haven't
    analyzed it yourself! I can only say: be very very cautious
    when you click on any link in this WWW jungle of nowadys!

    In Opera these threats are minimal as far as I could see it;
    I guess maybe 1% compared to Microsoft's IE.

    Regarding privacy: just read Opera's privacy policy plus
    their partner's Google's; they are fair and user friendly.

    BTW, Opera is an example for a modern software: everything
    is flexible, resizeable, individually configurable, modular, ...

    And, I'm planning also to replace my Win2K with Linux.
    BTW, I'm "Microsoft Certified System Egineer" :), so I
    really know of what I'm talking of... :)

    UM, Feb 9, 2004
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    Leythos Guest

    These threats are minimal, only if you don't use the added functionality
    that is provided with IE as a client for applications. Opera is not a
    replacement for IE, but for people that only play on the web, it does
    well most of the time.
    If you were a MCSE you would not be trolling like this. Each browser has
    it's purpose, as does each OS. Some shops will want IE since it allows
    perfect integration with OWA and other custom apps they've built on .Net
    servers. Some shops don't care and have the staff to support mixed

    What people, and designers (even MCSE's) have to learn is that there is
    no "one best" solution for every installation. Sometimes it's related to
    ROI, sometimes it's related to comfort, sometimes it's related to
    marketing hype. In a few cases, a OS and platform as selected based on
    the actual customer needs an impact on the customer.

    As an example, for businesses, I would never install Linux on the
    desktop, but servers, most of them, could be Linux based.

    For home users, the non-MCSE ones, I would never install Linux. Most
    people, home users, are not technical enough to be productive with a
    linux install, and most of them have already started on the MS platform.
    For the technical home user I would suggest dual systems - one MS XP
    Prof and one RH 9, to give them the best of both worlds.
    Leythos, Feb 9, 2004
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  3. UM

    Leythos Guest

    You can disable all of those Nasty things and run in secure mode when
    playing around on the web, and then put the sites you trust in the
    Trusted Zone and you get full use of IE without the headaches when on
    play/spam sites.
    Leythos, Feb 10, 2004
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    Kerodo Guest

    Go here and run all tests... http://bcheck.scanit.be

    Opera fails some of the security tests.. Mozilla or the newly named
    Firefox would probably be a better choice...
    Kerodo, Feb 10, 2004
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    Zebulon Blah Guest

    Before you totally abandon IE, you should know that there are
    quite a few web sites out there that will only run properly on
    IE. Opera will occasionally object, usually by freezing up, so
    if you want to see that web site you MUST use IE. My
    policy nowadays is to stay away from IE-only sites unless
    there is no other choice.

    Most government / university / travel websites work fine on Opera,
    it's only the heavily commercial sites with lots of flashy
    whizz-bangs that spook Opera.

    The last time I used IE I had to crash out of it when I discovered
    it was downloading some plug-in without my permission. That
    is totally unacceptable. IE remains installed on my machine,
    but seldom clicked!

    Zebulon Blah, Feb 10, 2004
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    philo Guest

    I checked your headers
    you're not using Opera
    philo, Feb 10, 2004
  7. [snip]
    Another Microsoft Certified System egg-in-ear. ;o)

    Why don't you go dual boot? W2K is imo the best
    OS to ever come from Microsoft.

    ....maybe that's not saying much, but Linux can co-exist with
    other OSes - so why not.
    FromTheRafters, Feb 10, 2004
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    UM Guest

    Sure I do use the Opera Browser. But you mean Mail and News,
    yes this I'm going to switch too.
    UM, Feb 10, 2004
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    ÿówiè Guest

    UM said in alt.privacy.spyware...
    Tried Mozilla Firebird? It offers the security advantages you mentioned
    above and it's free. I used Opera on and off for years (versions 2.x
    through 7.x) but finally abandoned it a few months ago when Firebird
    became sufficiently stable to use in the real world.

    Also, Opera 7 seemed to have a memory leak. After a couple of hours of
    continuous use it ate up all available memory and crashed.

    If Opera were released in a free 'light' version without the pathetic
    mail and news clients & Java I might look at it again.
    ÿówiè, Feb 10, 2004
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    UM Guest

    It is not the point. The point is security and what gets collected
    and sent to outside and v.v. hiddenly without your permission
    and knowledge. It is espionage what these gangsters are doing.
    The justice and the lawmakers seem too sleep.

    My practical advice to you is: just do it yourself and analyze
    the result for example with a good personal firewall software
    or packet capture tool. You will be surprized what traffic is
    generated, which sites are contacted (besides DNS), and
    which data is collected with _EACH CLICK_ on a link (either
    left or right click). Simply said: every click you do is recorded
    and sent to some collecting sites. Don't get me wrong: it is
    not simply the link adress what they collect, your environment
    and personal data gets sent out too, and data put on your
    machine, useful (of course for them), and unuseful things like
    viruses, trojans, spyware etc.! This all happens just between
    the click and right before the new page gets displayed.
    Then you will also understand why the World Wide Wait Web
    has become so slow... :)

    Using IE (and generally all MS Web applications) is the
    highest security risk on net one can ever imagine. Trust me!

    The best would be going back to Gopher :)

    UM, Feb 10, 2004
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    Jack Purvis Guest

    If you like Opera then try out Mozilla Firebird. It's better and
    faster and it's free!
    Jack Purvis, Feb 10, 2004
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    ÿówiè Guest

    UM said in alt.privacy.spyware...
    Nothing but frustration there. The mail/news stuff in Opera sucks.

    Calypso or Pegasus for mail - Gravity for Usenet. All free.
    ÿówiè, Feb 10, 2004
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    gecko_404 Guest

    gecko_404, Feb 10, 2004
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    koorb Guest

    koorb, Feb 10, 2004
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    Clive Guest

    I use to use Opera. then went back to IE. If you intend to use to email News
    options in Opera and you've been using Microsoft email/news products; be
    ready for a long learning curve.

    Another major thing (which I don't like) are thing like anti spam and anti
    virus software. Most work fine with Microsoft products i.e. Outlook, ect,

    Make sure any anti virus packages you use for your current email program
    will work with Opera and it's M2 mail system.

    I was determined to like and use Opera and gave it a good long try, but the
    lack of support and availability of third party products for it drove me
    back to IE, Outlook ,etc

    Clive, Feb 10, 2004
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    Dazz Guest

    On Tue, 10 Feb 2004 00:32:50 +0100, "UM"


    That's funny, because most (but not all) MCSE's I've come across don't
    know shit. :)

    Dazz, Feb 10, 2004
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    Clive Guest

    Another thing I forgot, if you use any online banking then check Opera, or
    any other browser will work. I tried Mozill 1.6 and it isn't supported by my

    Clive, Feb 10, 2004

  18. The trusted zone list asks for https\www. If I surf over the the same site
    and it has http\www am I in the trusted zone?
    General Specific, Feb 10, 2004
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    Leythos Guest

    If you uncheck the ensure SSL or certificate or something (lower left
    corner) it will allow you to use standard HTTP sites just fine. Just
    make sure that you are only entering sites that you should be trusting
    or you are going to be much worse off than before.
    Leythos, Feb 10, 2004
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    Conor Guest

    Seconded. My online banking being one of them. Opera is good but you
    still need IE for all those idiot sites.


    "The vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world.
    And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice."
    - George Bush
    Conor, Feb 10, 2004
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