Yahoo’s recently launched browser managed the “performance” to receive, from its very beginnings, a black ball in terms of security!
Trying to divert attention from the recent dismissal of its executive director, Scott Thompson, Yahoo hastened to release on the market its new browser – Axis. But the proverb ‘haste makes waste’ proved to be perfectly true in this case, as users quickly passed over the enthusiasm of the launch and found serious gaps.
But let’s take it one by one.
The product combines a Web iOS browser with a plug-in available for most desktop browsers that synchronize bookmarks and online history on all devices used by a user. Thus, there are available dedicated applications for iPhone and iPad, as well as Axis extensions for Chrome, Firefox, IE 9 and Safari – on PCs and Macs.
The iOS browser was necessary because Apple does not allow plug-ins for the mobile version of Safari, but it uses the same WebKit engine as Mobile Safari, as well as other browser running on the iOS do. Microsoft Bing handles search engine results. So far, developers have not created any application for Android.
However, the novelty is that the browser presents search results live in real time, as the user types, at the same time opening, in the right side, previews of the web pages considered relevant.
Thus, Yahoo Axis wants to provide the user with an easier navigation, improving the online experience: it can interact with the results and can find the page he needs without having to leave the page.
Thanks to the synchronization function, the user can access, for example, on any mobile device, via Axis, pages previously opened on PC. Or it can even save an article on iPad, which can be read later on the iPhone. Like other browsers, Axis has integrated in toolbar options for sharing on the social networks.
Where did it go wrong?
Those who were quick to download Axis, were also able to learn that developers have rushed a little: the terms and conditions page was empty and it did not contain anything.
Also, the way browser requests for permission to display pop-up windows do not seem to be extremely encouraging for the users.
Head of Yahoo Axis, Ethan Batraski, immediately announced that developers are aware of the existence of vulnerabilities and that it will immediately disappear from the Chrome extension.