Tuesday, December 06, 2011

HTML5 News Weekly - Week of December 5, 2011

UK Security firm Sophos made its security predictions for 2012.  They identified new networking and web technologies, including HTML5, as major security risks for the coming year.

HTML5 removes the need for most add-ons and plug-ins because similar capabilities are built in.  However, this also means that HTML5 can become a big target for cybercrime because data is stored within the browser itself.
  James Lyne, a senior technologist at Sophos, states in a December 5, 2011 InfoWorld article (http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/html5-create-new-challenges-security-pros-in-2012-180827) “Traditionally the browser has been a gateway for cyber criminals to get access to your PC, now they're going to be trying to attack the browser itself to steal its data.”

From the Wall Street Journal Tech blog, December 2, 2011 (http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-europe/2011/12/02/mobile-new-browsers-key-targets-for-cybercrooks/?mod=google_news_blog), “New Web and networking technologies will force us to learn some lessons: HTML5, the language to which modern websites are migrating, represents a substantial improvement for developers, but has introduced new vulnerabilities. Older browsers were seen as the route through which attacks could be launched. New HTML5-compliant browsers represent a new target for criminals as they have the potential to store far more information.”

SplendidCRM Software, Inc., provider of customer relationship management solutions, now offers an HTML5 offline client in all editions of its software.  Paul Rony, President of SplendidCRM Software, states "Our new HTML5 Offline Client makes SplendidCRM available on touch devices while in airplanes or at client sites without an available network."
Press Release: http://www.splendidcrm.com/Company/PressReleases/December162011/tabid/147/Default.aspx

Opera announced a new version 11.60 of their browser that includes HTML5 parsing this week.  One of the new features highlighted is the inclusion of a new HTML5 parsing algorithm which “helps unify code discrepancies among browsers."  Press Release:  http://www.opera.com/press/releases/2011/12/06/ 
For more information, and to download the new version:  http://www.opera.com/browser/new/

From the Read Write Web article “Top 6 Trends in HTML5 in 2011”, December 6, 2011
“HTML5 is fundamentally changing the way developers approach the Web. Whether it is for desktop browsers or mobile, the language and standards of the future are not some distant point on the horizon. It is right now.”

Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.