Many of the Web Browser issues today can be traced right back to 1995 when the graphical web browser was just emerging. 1995 - the year for me of Blur, Oasis, Pulp & South Africa winning the Rugby World Cup in South Africa. More pertinent to this blog, Windows 95 came into the world and most relevant of all is the web browser war beginning. Both Microsoft & Opera released their first web browsers, both playing catchup with Netscape who had blazed the way with their new Web Browser UI. As far back as 1995 privacy was a concern. SSL was developed & released by Netscape to provide user privacy on the web
One of the fundamentals of the web browser is the DOM - the Document Object Model - which is used to render and execute content from a web server to a web browser and ensure it is presented correctly.
In 1995 the existing DOM model made total sense but fast forward to 2016 and its valid to question the design today with one such exmaple above . With the enormous wave of attacks delivered via the web browser, the rapid rise of Ransomware and the sheer number of security solutions failing to successfully stop attacks mean it’s time to reconsider things. One UK organsiations I met recently told me that 50% of their malware infections are from browser based attacks.