Trusting your desktop to the web: Safety in Air, Silverlight and Prism

October 29, 2007 § Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the safety of extensions to Web browsers. In the meantime, the landscape of web browsing has changed a lot, at least for developers. Why ? Because of Adobe Air, Microsoft Silverlight and Mozilla Prism, three tools used to put the web on your desktop.

While none of these products is actually new — they are all renamed versions of things that have been hanging out in the air for some time — and none of these products is branded as web browsers, well, that’s exactly what they are. Of course, whenever new browser or browser-like products appear, one of the main questions should be: how safe are they ?

Let’s take a somewhat deeper look.

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