Firefox 3

The latest version of the Mozilla Firefox browser was released a few days back and I downloaded because I made a pledge to download it. Mozilla was looking to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the most downloaded software or something and I think it achieved it. I didn’t know exactly what to expect with Firefox 3 but I wanted to download it because the previous version was eating up a lot of RAM.

The first thing that I noticed about the new browser was the graphical user interface (GUI). They had redesigned it slightly and organized things a little better. I’m not sure if one of my themes was still activated but it looked like the Aero Glass theme of Internet Explorer 7 just less congested.

When I started to surf around, I noticed a drop down menu show up with a list of addresses that matches what I was typing. This is available in most browsers but the fact that I can see the favicon for these addresses looked cooler. In a way, this should help you ensure that you’re going to the correct site.

The bookmark hasn’t changed me from the previous version. They’ve added a folder for most visited sites, recently bookmarked, recent tags and unsorted bookmarks. And I’m not sure if it was available in the previous version but you can perform real time searches of your bookmark. I don’t bookmark too many sites so I never had to use that option before. I’m only using it now because I’m testing out the new version.

Firefox 3 has some nicely added security features like the Site Identification button. If a site is going to be sending information regarding your identity, the button will change from gray to blue or green. This will ensure that you’re browsing safely and that you’re information is secure.

The gray icon indicates that the site doesn’t send any identity information and that the connection between the browser and the server is unencrypted. Most website will contain a gray button because most sites don’t involve the exchange of sensitive information back and forth. You can probably tell whether a site is a spoof site or not by look at the address bar. If it has a gray site identification icon and there’s no padlock in the address bar, you should take caution.

The blue icon indicates that the site’s domain has been verified and the connection between the browser and the server is encrypted. What this means is that the people who are running the site have bought a certificate proving that they own the domain and it is not being spoofed. My bank’s site has a certificate and an encrypted connection so a blue icon is displayed. When I click on the icon, it tells me that the www.royalbank.ca site has been certified by RSA Data Security Inc. Also, this assures me that the connection is encrypted so no one can eavesdrop on the connection and my information.

The green icon indicates that the site provides fully verified identity information about its owner and that the connection is encrypted. These sites gain an “Extended Validation certificate” by going through a more rigorous identity verification process to validate that the owner is who they claim to be. While the blue icon indicates that a site’s domain is not being spoofed, it does not verify that they own the domain. The green icon indicates that the domain is valid and that the owners of the domain are who they are.

Click on the “More information…” will obviously display more information about the site. You can view the certificate, the number of times that you’ve visited the site and whether you have any saved password stored for this site.

The site idenification icon does go red to warn you of suspicious sites but I wasn’t expecting to see it on this site. Every now and then, I’ll browse to the sites on my blogroll to see what’s up on their end. I didn’t expect Kelly Penguin Girl’s website to be a suspicious one but apparently Google seems to think so. I’ve never had any problems with it and even now I still don’t. Every time I’ve visited the site, I never received any notification to download anything so it’s probably some sort of glitch. I told Kelly about it but she told me not to worry about it. So it’s back to regular surfing for me.

Yes, I know that I visited my site a lot today but that was because I had to preview my post. It probably counted all those times that I hit the refresh button but nonetheless, it’s some nice useless information to see. So, if you haven’t downloaded Firefox 3 yet, I’d recommend that you do. It’ll make your web surfing easier and safer than using Internet Explorer. It’s got everything you need to make your browsing experience a satisfying one.

2 thoughts on “Firefox 3

  1. I’ve heard a lot of people are having issues with it crashing. I’m scared to download it because Firefox 2.0 has been oh so dependable.

  2. I haven’t had any problems with crashing as of yet but then again, I’ve only had it for a few days. The issues that I had with Firefox 2 was the memory leakage but that’s been solved so I’m happy.

    If you’re worried about upgrading, I’d say stick with Firefox 2 until all the kinks have been removed. Sometimes, it’s bad to be an early adopter of things.

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