browser plug-in


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browser plug-in

Software that adds functionality to a Web browser. Typically from a third party rather than the browser developer and also called "add-ons" or "extensions," they are used to add toolbars and support a variety of graphics, animation, audio and video formats. For example, the Flash plug-in lets users watch countless videos on the Web in the Flash video format. The terms "browser plug-in" and "helper application" are sometimes used synonymously; however, the plug-in is designed for and entirely integrated into the browser and cannot run by itself. A helper application is a separate program launched by the browser when needed. See helper application, plug-in, extension and plug-in free.
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Browser plug-ins enhance the functionality available in the browser and especially so for multimedia content; examples are Adobe Flash, Java Runtime Engine and Applets, and Microsoft Silverlight.
SendThisFile is compatible with all major download accelerator software, including web browser plug-ins.
Blackhole is sold on the underground market and comes packed with a variety of exploits for known vulnerabilities in browser plug-ins such as Java, Adobe Reader and Flash Player.
Outdated plug-ins continue to be a ripe attack vector - Users are slow to update browser plug-ins and attackers know it, as witnessed by the Flashback Trojan, which infected over 650,000 Macs leveraging a Java vulnerability.
Research carried out by G Data SecurityLabs indicates that unclosed security holes in browser plug-ins are very much in fashion with bands of cyber criminals.
The new browser also ushers in the introduction of brand new Internet technology called WebGL, that will allow complex 3D graphics to be used on normal web pages, without the need for specially adapted browser plug-ins like Flash or Java.
In addition, the browser segregates browser plug-ins into separate processes, to better protect against certain types of crashes, and includes native support for HTML5.
Seal-in-Search is enabled by browser plug-ins that detect VeriSign trusted links in popular search engines and also by partnerships with comparison shopping, listings and other web sites.
Hosted business Voice over IP provider M5 Networks Inc announced on Tuesday the debut of M5Connect for IE (Internet Explorer) and M5Connect for Firefox, two browser plug-ins for its hosted Call Conductor VoIP smart business phone platform.