Firefox 3 & Window Snyder

Yesterday Firefox released Firefox 3 for folks to download for free. I find Firefox much more hassle free than Windows Explorer. I got hooked on Firefox a few years ago.

Firefox 3 Web browser is now out as free download

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK (AP) — The new version of the Firefox Web browser became available as a free download Tuesday.

The release was delayed as visitors checking for the update overloaded Firefox’s Web servers. The site was slow or unreachable for about two hours starting about 12:45 p.m. Eastern time, 15 minutes before the scheduled release time, according to AlertSite, an Internet performance monitoring company. Performance improved later in the day.

Firefox supporters organized launch parties around the world as they tried to set a world record for most software downloads in a 24-hour period.

The category is new, and Guinness World Records must certify it, a process that could take a week or longer.

Firefox comes from Mozilla, an open-source community in which thousands of people, mostly volunteers, collectively develop free products. Firefox is the No. 2 Web browser behind Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer.

Firefox 3 includes enhancements to help users organize their frequently visited Web sites and block access to sites known to distribute viruses and other malicious software.

Users of Yahoo Inc.’s mail service can also use Firefox 3 to send e-mail by clicking a ”mailto” link they might come across clicking on a name or a ”contact us” link on a Web page. Previously such links could only open a standalone, desktop e-mail program.

Firefox 3 also offers other design and speed improvements.

USA Today has an interesting article about the young woman who’s the Chief of Security at Mozilla Foundation. Her name is Window Snyder.

‘Geek girl’ helps keep Mozilla safe in scary times

By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO — Window Snyder isn’t your average security czar.

As chief of security at Mozilla Foundation, the unconventional non-profit whose popular Web browser Firefox underwent a major facelift this week, Snyder cuts an unconventional swath.

For starters, her title is “chief security something-or-other” (yeah, that’s on her business card). It befits her wide-ranging role at Mozilla, the Web browser developer that relies on the contributions of thousands of programmers worldwide. The programmers generally work for free, but Snyder’s salary is paid with revenue Mozilla generates through business partnerships with Google, Amazon.com and others.

You can read the entire article here.

This young lady co-founded the New York based security services firm Matasano and she also served for three years as a senior security strategist at Microsoft.

The March 2008 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine also had an article about Window Snyder. You can check it below by clicking the picture.

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