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PCWorld reports that Apple has hired former Mozilla security chief Window Snyder as a Senior Product Manager in its security group.
Apple is the third browser-maker in the past five years that has employed Snyder, who previously had worked as a security strategist at Microsoft where she managed the company's relationships with security consultants and had worked on the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems.
Snyder left Mozilla in December 2008 and worked as an independent consultant until joining Apple this week. Snyder is well-known in the security community and considered an expert in threat modeling.

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Doctor Q

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It's a good sign that Apple is paying attention to browser security. Did she replace somebody else or is this an addition to Apple's team?
 
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finalcut

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ugh! Safari doesn't need more security, it needs more features!
Not being able to add line separators between my bookmarks is enough to make me stay with Firefox. Come on, there are plenty small features Safari could have and really compete with others
 
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nagromme

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ugh! Safari doesn't need more security, it needs more features!
Not being able to add line separators between my bookmarks is enough to make me stay with Firefox. Come on, there are plenty small features Safari could have and really compete with others

That would be nice (though I just use folders) but don’t hold your breath. For the vast majority of people (who don’t frequent tech forums), feature creep would make Safari a worse browser rather than better. (Especially when it comes to features that add UI complexity, like a divider button in the bookmark manager. “Just one more button...") Enthusiasts like you and I who enjoy technology for its own sake may not see it that way, but you can expect new Safari features of that kind to be rare and carefully-chosen.
 
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forgetaboutpro

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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

kirky29 said:
I personally don't want Safari to get complicated. But a few more features would be nice.

Safari needs plugins. If you could get the delicious plugin I'd use safari. I use the web on too many different devices to have centralised bookmarks.

I know a fair few people with the same view.
 
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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

How you doin'?
 
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enberg

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What with Apple's abysmal security update record, this can only improve things.
 
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BigJimmyC

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ugh! Safari doesn't need more security, it needs more features!
Not being able to add line separators between my bookmarks is enough to make me stay with Firefox. Come on, there are plenty small features Safari could have and really compete with others

Here's a solution: stay with Firefox. Problem solved. Why are you hung up on wanting to use Safari if Firefox better meets your needs?

I fail to see how hiring somebody to increase the effectiveness of Safari's security measures is a bad thing...
 
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baryon

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I really like Safari as it is, I just hate that sometimes links open in new windows, even though they should open in tabs. But cmd+click always opens them in tabs. I just want ONE Safari window, and there should never be more than one except if I specifically drag a tab out of its window or something...
 
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wizard

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Hot she is.

I would of "hired" her for security around my place. Nothing better than a hot chick with brains.


Dave
 
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enberg

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Abysmal in comparison to what?
Pretty much everyone else. Even Microsoft usually reacts faster. The fact that it took them months to update OpenSSL after a gaping flaw was revealed is total ********.
 
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batchtaster

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ugh! Safari doesn't need more security, it needs more features!
Not being able to add line separators between my bookmarks is enough to make me stay with Firefox. Come on, there are plenty small features Safari could have and really compete with others

Personally, I'd choose not having all my money stolen and personal details ripped off over having little separators in my bookmarks.

That might just be me though. My priorities are a bit skewed.
 
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ZazenZach

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i used firefox for a year, then recently switched back to safari. this morning i had to switch again back to firefox.

safari is just too limited, and has a lot of quirks that tick me off.

it'd be really cool if they hired her to expand on safari.
 
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supmango

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Maybe she will help them come up with something that will make Internet Explorer die a slow and painful death. One can always hope.
 
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bartzilla

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Abysmal in comparison to what?

A drunken lemur rolling its head backwards and forwards on the keyboard could probably release working security patches faster than Apple have managed. Well 50% of the time, anyway.
 
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RaZaK

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yes, my fav security expert is working for my fav computer company. :D
 
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