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Users Beware: Even Homeland Security Says Not to Use Internet Explorer

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

How scary is the latest Internet Explorer security vulnerability? Even the U.S. government says not to use IE until the browser is fixed.

The flaw, which affects Internet Explorer versions 6 and up, allows bad guys to gain complete access to a PC via a malicious website. Dubbed “Operation Clandestine Fox” by the security firm FireEye, the threat is real. And dangerous.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security doesn’t issue security alerts for computer software very often, but this time, it made an exception. Many agencies within the U.S. government use versions of IE.

Homeland Security recommends that users or administrators “enable Microsoft EMET where possible” and to “consider employing an alternative web browser until an official update is available.”

That’s good advice. Microsoft’s next schedule “Patch Tuesday” isn’t until May 13, although the company may push out an unscheduled update earlier. If you’re using an unsupported version of Windows — like Windows XP — don’t expect to get any updates.

For Windows XP users, the best course of action is to move to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox now.

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Android v4.2.3.2000 is Officially Released!

Monday, April 28th, 2014

【Release】Maxthon Cloud Browser for Android v4.2.3.2000


[New Features]
- Added more websites for you to choose from and add to your Quick Access. Just click the + button to view the websites we handpicked for you. (NOTE: We are hard at work adding even more websites!)

- Improve auto full screen experience and remove the ‘complete full screen’ option for this version
- The website icon will now be displayed for the websites you add as shortcuts to your desktop.
- Fixed the issue of request denial when accessing a webpage with an IP address.
- Improved synchronization of Favorites.

Google Play:

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows V4.4.0.3000 is Officially Released!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Maxthon Cloud Browser official version is now available for you to download!

This version mainly fixes bugs from the previous version. You could find the change log below.


Installer version
MD5: 259bff0da5ef5c8def111ce484cefbfc
Portable version
MD5: 8b8e3f2d8da369a48aca2a5be0da338b

Changelog for [2014-04-24]

Fixed bugs:

  • Closing certain E-bank page may lead to anomaly of other pages
  • Tabs display anomaly occurs when customizing system DPI
  • Installation program fails to unfold advanced options

To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, we do hope you may go to ‘Product Support‘ area and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread.
Thanks very much for your cooperation!

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows V4.4.0.2000 Officially is Released!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

We are very thrilled to announce the availability of Maxthon official version for all our amazing users.

Please try out its high stability and fast speed.
Thank you for the support.


Installer version
MD5: 43a8b5a27217b2cb9d36b9cadd036528
Portable version
MD5: 4c3b5dead23045f89f24270fdc7136d2


Changelog for V4.4.0.2000 [2014-04-17]

Fixed bugs:
[Main Frame]
* Video Pop-up interface anomaly in Retro Mode 
(Download icon appears in the pop-up interface in Retro, which should not)

[Webkit Core]
* Fail to display the website –
* Fail to create new tasks while Thunder Download is offline


To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or reports, we do hope you may go to ‘Product Support‘ area and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread.

Thanks very much for your cooperation!

Is it Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014


It’s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet


The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse. In fact, it’s time for the web to take a good hard look at a new idea: encryption everywhere.

Most major websites use either the SSL or TLS protocol to protect your password or credit card information as it travels between your browser and their servers. Whenever you see that a site is using HTTPS, as opposed to HTTP, you know that SSL/TLS is being used. But only a few sites — like Facebook and Gmail — actually use HTTPS to protect all of their traffic as opposed to just passwords and payment details.

Many security experts — including Google’s in-house search guru, Matt Cutts — think it’s time to bring this style of encryption to the entire web. That means secure connections to everything from your bank site to to the online menu at your local pizza parlor.

Cutts runs Google’s web spam team. He helps the company tweak its search engine algorithms to prioritize certain sites over others. For example, the search engine prioritizes sites that load quickly, and penalizes sites that copy — or “scrape” — text from others.

If Cutts had his way, Google would prioritize sites that use HTTPS over those that don’t, he told bloggerBarry Schwartz at a conference earlier this year. The change, if it were ever implemented, would likely spur an HTTPS stampede as web sites competed for better search rankings.

Cutts, who didn’t respond to our request for comment, told Schwartz that it’s a controversial idea, and it faces some opposition within Google. A Google spokesperson would only tell us that the company has nothing to announce at this time. So this change won’t happen overnight.

Dump the Plain Text Internet

White hat hacker Moxie Marlinspike knows as well as anyone how insecure SSL/TLS can be. A former Twitter engineer, he’s uncovered multiple critical bugs in the protocols over the course of his career and has proposed an alternative way handling trust and verification in the protocol. But he still thinks that using HTTPS in as many places as possible would be a good thing. “I think there’s value to making network traffic as opaque as possible, even for static content,” he says. “Ideally we would replace plain text on the internet entirely.”

When you use HTTPS, the data is coded so that, in theory, only you and the server you’re communicating with read the contents of the messages passing back and forth between your computer and the server.

Most major websites only use HTTPS to protect your password when you login, or your credit card information when you make a purchase. But that started to change in 2010 when software developer Eric Butler released a free tool called FireSheep to show just how easy it was to temporarily take control of someone else’s account over a shared network — such as a public Wi-Fi connection.

Butler agrees that more use of HTTPS would be a good thing, pointing out that using HTTP makes it easier for governments or criminals to spy on what internet users are doing online. And Micah Lee, a technologist for The Intercept, points out that there are many situations in which it makes sense to use HTTPS besides just protecting passwords or other sensitive information.

For example, HTTPS doesn’t just encrypt the information passing between a server and your computer: It also verifies that the content you’re downloading is coming from the people you expect it to be coming from — again, in theory. That’s something that a regular HTTP connection can’t do.

“Any sort of attacks that involve tricking the victim into connecting to the attacker’s server instead of the real server gets halted by HTTPS,” Lee said via email. “And this is really important, even for non-secret content, because of integrity: you really don’t want attackers modifying the content of websites you’re visiting without your knowledge.”

For example, a country that doesn’t want its citizens getting certain information from Wikipedia can set up a system that feeds users fake Wikipedia pages. “Without HTTPS, censorship isn’t just possible,” Lee says. “It’s simple for powerful attackers like governments, and it’s impossible for ordinary users to detect.”

There are other ways that a rogue government or criminal hacker could cause problems by replacing insecure content with their own fake pages. Lee points out that many journalists post their PGP encryption keys on their websites using only HTTP. An attack could show a potential whistleblower a fake page with a fake encryption key, causing them to turn incriminating evidence over to, for example, the government or their employer.

One of the most dangerous possibilities, however, is that hackers could replace software downloads with malware. “Websites that publish software have no business ever using HTTP,” Lee says. “They should always use HTTPS. If they don’t, they’re putting software users at risk.”

The Argument Against Total SSL

But if HTTPS is so great, then why don’t all websites use it already? There are several disadvantages to using HTTPS everywhere, the World Wide Web Consortium’s HTTPS expert Yves Lafon told us in 2011.

The first is the increased cost. You have to purchase TLS certificates from one of several certificate authorities, which can cost anything from $10 dollars per year to about $1,000 dollars a year, depending on the type of certificate you purchase and the level of identify verification it provides. Another issue is that HTTPS increases server resource consumption and can slow sites down. But Marlinspike and Butler say the costs and resource overhead are actually greatly overestimated.

An issue for smaller sites is that it’s historically been hard to set up unique certificates on sites that use cheap shared hosting. Also, sites that used content delivery networks — or CDNs — to speed up their responsiveness also frequently faced challenges when implementing SSL. Both of these issues have been largely resolved today, though the costs, performance and complexity varies from host to host.

But even if the entire web isn’t ready to switch completely to HTTPS, there are plenty of reasons that more sites should start using HTTPS by default — especially sites that provide public information and software. And given how far we’ve already come since the days of FireSheep, we can expect HTTPS to continue to continue to spread, even if Google doesn’t start prioritizing sites that use it.

The World’s Most-Viewed Photo – The Windows XP ‘Bliss’ Wallpaper – Is a Real, Unaltered Photo

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Given that at least 500 million people still use the Windows XP operating system, it’s no surprise that “Bliss,” the bright and beautiful photo of an idyllic field that is the system’s default wallpaper, is considered the most-viewed image of all time. But now that Microsoft has officially pulled its support for the aging operating system, it’s high time we found out exactly what the story is behind this iconic and beautiful background.

The famous picture was taken by photographer Charles O’Rear in Napa Valley, California using a Mamiya RZ67 camera, color Fuji Film and a tripod. That’s right – it’s a film photograph! There’s a lot more to the story, however, so we suggest checking out Microsoft NL’s Youtube video below! (via)

A video about the Famous wallpaper






Announcing Maxthon Cloud Browser for Linux V1.0.1.0 Beta!

Friday, April 11th, 2014


Hi guys,

Today, Maxthon is very excited to release the V1.0.1.0 Beta for Linux.
Please check below the changes in this release:

  • Adjusted UI to make it look better on low-resolutions, such as 1366*768.
  • Added Favorites button on Tool Bar. Click it to show your favorites and hide it in settings. You can hide the Favorites bar when more page room is required.
  • Neither ‘duplicate URLs’ nor ‘pinned tabs’ will be added into Last Session page.
  • The install and uninstall scripts ( and have been added to tgz packages.
Please note: This release is a trial version instead of a final release. Thus, it may have bugs or other potential problems.


For 32-bit:
MD5: aa0c78e999f00cef3358017a27d0266f
MD5: 791b37c29e26dac860ee861303bca4d8
MD5: 9d25660515a57b35c542b1e4ae851ac9

For 64-bit:
MD5: f52a1c52e3588a7edd5cf344c6d92eba
MD5: 2f84b0d103f99feac6a67f5b5fa332e6
MD5: 43b337929cf42c49a5f90de4b4d384d1


To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, we do hope you may go to Product Support area and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread.
Thanks very much for your cooperation!

Please take a moment to fill out our Maxthon Q2 User Satisfaction Survey!

Friday, April 11th, 2014


It is that time! I am performing the 2nd Quarter User Satisfaction Survey! This survey will be somewhat similar to the previous survey but with a few adjustments. This will help the Maxthon team track the areas we’ve improved in and the areas we need to focus on.

Your input was incredibly helpful to our engineers and we would be grateful if you take the time to fill out this survey once again. Any feedback you can provide is greatly appreciated.

To fill our the survey, please click here!

This survey will be open until June 30.

Thank you!

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows V4.4.0.1600 Beta is Released!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Hello Maxthon Friends

We invite you to try the new Maxthon beta V4.4.0.1600!

This beta fixes plenty of bugs, making the version increasingly stable
as well as providing you a much smoother browsing experience.

For detailed changes of this version, please check out the change log below.
Thank you for supporting Maxthon web browser!


Installer version:
MD5: 708c52513dcd9a7115eeb3e527616808
Portable version:
MD5: 2c09ccffc43cf55bc7669cdba542d4ea [2014-04-10]
Fixed bugs:

[Main Frame]
* Fail to display site icons in the address bar in certain cases
* Display anomaly of Tab bar appears under certain circumstances
* The ability to check data and information such as Favorites even after locking Maxthon
* The ‘Edit blocking rules’ dialog box displays incorrectly sometimes

[Webkit Core]
* Anomaly occurs when using Drag&Drop to some specific texts
* The layout of right click menu is anomalous

* Download could lead to the failure
of core process to exit

Please note: This release is a trial version instead of a final release. Thus, it may have bugs or other potential problems.

To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during this beta, any suggestions or
bug reports, we do hope you go to ‘Product Support‘ forum area and report/describe any issues that may occur. We will read each thread and provide a follow-up. 

Thanks very much for your cooperation!

VentureBeat: Maxthon promises you can play awesome console-like games on its browser — and with no downloads (exclusive)

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Maxthon wants you to play console-quality online games on its browser — without requiring you to download anything.

The company, which makes the superfast Maxthon browser, hopes to become the favorite web browser of gamers by enabling them to play online games without the hassle of downloading gigabytes of data first. It is doing so by teaming up with C2Fun, the maker of the C2Ray game engine. Developers can easily adapt games made with the C2Ray engine to run in the Maxthon browser.

If it takes off, then Beijing-based Maxthon could differentiate itself from rival browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Firefox. With more than a billion downloads and more than 140 million monthly active users, Maxthon has already set itself apart as an alternative built for the cloud and reliability. With good memory management, it doesn’t crash as much as other browsers, regardless of how many pages you have open.

“We have embarked upon a game strategy that will change the way people play their games on the Internet,” said Karl Mattson, the general manager of Maxthon International, told GamesBeat in an exclusive interview. “Users can come and play interesting, complicated online games without having to download a giant file. You get a console experience through a web browser.”

Mattson said that the Maxthon cloud browser has carved out a niche among gamers because it enables them to sign into as many as five separate accounts simultaneously. That enables them to play different games at the same time. It is also more reliable since memory-management technology was built into the browser from the start. If you’ve ever had a browser crash on you during a game or a multiwindow session, you’ll come to appreciate memory management. This is basic plumbing for the Internet.

Gamers interested in testing this new technology can go to and try out Maxthon’s first title, Original Blood — a free-to-play 3D massively multiplayer online role-playing game where werewolves and vampires battle against humans. It’s the first of a number that will be available on the Maxthon web browser over time. Maxthon’s service will include country-specific game portals with a range of casual and hardcore games. Maxthon wants to take the feedback from Original Blood and use it to improve overall performance.

“In our own testing, it’s pretty slick,” Mattson said. “We want to see what gamers think. This is the first part of our gaming strategy that will roll out this year.”

Maxthon chose to team up with C2Fun because the C2Ray engine was made to run online games on web browsers without giant plug-ins or downloads. It offers a “native code” 3D experience. C2Ray was made for an always-on, seamless Web, making it easy to run online games on multiple platforms and operating systems. It fits well with Maxthon’s approach to making a high-performance web browser.

The deal with C2Fun makes sense, but it won’t be easy to lure developers to the game engine. Rivals such as Unity, Crytek, and Unreal have huge numbers of developers by comparison.

“We’re offering a true multiplatform, console-like experience for online gamers,” Mattson said. “We did an exhaustive comparison of Unity and C2Ray and found differences. Unity is more limited compared to C2Ray, which is broadly accessible to game developers.”

To promote the game browser, Maxthon is teaming up with a game enthusiast on a promo.JamesBl0nde from MMOHuts will play a walkthrough of the Original Blood game on MXPlay today at 11 a.m. Pacific. On the Twitch livestreaming service, James will offer a behind the scenes look at creating MMOHuts’ signature First Look videos for online games.

Mattson said that the browser has become the favorite of pro gamers who play web-based games in professional tournaments. It also offers a split-screen feature on the desktop. Maxthon says it can render web pages on Windows, Android, and iOS faster than any other web browser. Maxthon is now expanding in the U.S. market.

Jeff Chen, a student in Singapore, created the browser in 2003 out of frustration. He was tired of the poor performance of the big browsers and found an abandoned project dubbed MyIE. He decided to craft his own browser, dubbed MyIE2. He formed the company in 2004 and kept adding features. In 2005, Chen renamed the company Maxthon, and the browser became the first one with tabs. Then it added sandboxed tabs in 2007 for added security. In 2008, Maxthon offered cloud-based services for syncing bookmarks and history.

With memory management, Maxthon allows you to pick up where you left off, no matter what you were working on, with any of your Internet-enabled devices. In 2010, Maxthon came out on Android, and it has reached more than 500 million downloads to date on that platform. In 2011, the browser came out on Android tablets. Maxthon is also getting chip makers such as Intel and Advanced Micro Devices to support its software in their hardware. The company received one round of funding from Charles River Capital and WI Harper.

Beyond providing the browser games, Maxthon is also pushing a strategy for HTML5 games, or those built with the lingua franca of the Web. Maxthon provides HTML5 support in Android, allowing for high-quality video support and Web GL enhancements. Other new features include the ability to run 2D games at 60 frames per second on devices that can support such graphics. It can also run WebGL 3D graphics.