Opera Update Plugs Multiple Security Holes
Opera has released a software update that fixes at least seven security vulnerabilities in the Web browser program. Users may be prompted to update when they first launch the browser. Alternatively, Opera surfers can simply select "Help" and "Check for New Release."
Opera 9.52 corrects a number of bugs in addition to the security problems. You can read more about what's included in the update on Opera's Web site.
I've been trying to split more of my daily browsing between different browsers, just to try out more features and become more familiar with the intricacies of each. I enjoy using Opera, but I'm a little surprised the company hasn't yet transitioned to automatic updates for users.
Last month, a massive study based on browser data collected by Google showed that only slightly more than half of Opera users are surfing with the most recent, patched version of the browser. By comparison, 83.3 percent of Firefox users were found to have the latest version installed at any given time. This disparity is largely due to the fact that Firefox downloads updates automatically and prompts the user to install them immediately. If the user declines the update, the patches are installed the next time the browser is started.
Auto-updating helps protect users who neglect to update after a failed or interrupted attempt at doing so. When I fired up Opera today after not having used it for almost a week (I was on vacation last week), it prompted me to install version 9.52. When I initially declined and restarted the browser, there was no notification about the available update. When I manually forced the browser to check for updates, it told me the update was available, but I received an error message when I tried to download the update from Opera's site.
August 21, 2008; 1:28 PM ET
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