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Windows 7 does not (always) like IE9

A couple of days ago a neighbor asked if I could have a look at his slightly misbehaving PC; links in emails did not open correctly. He was on an all Microsoft setup, with Windows Seven, IE9 and Outlook. The error was as harsh as it was vague;

According to “wonderfully wise web” that problem is typically caused by a lack of a default browser in Windows 7, but given the fact that IE9 was the only browser installed, that did not make a lot of sense.

I was pretty confused, checking and re-applying settings while searching the web, but then I found a forum thread in which someone replied that the 64-bits version of IE9 just cannot be set as default browser, ever. Must be that Windows 7 does not really like 64-bits IE9? I did not find an easy way to switch to 32-bits IE9 and as the neighbor did not object, so I installed the most recent stable version of Firefox on his PC and set that as default browser and all was well. IE9 might not be a bad browser, but sometimes even Windows 7 wants you to install an alternative and who are we to disagree?

Iframe sandboxing support coming soonish

Did you know you can limit the damage an iframe can do by adding the “sandbox” attribute? And that you can add a value to that attribute to loosen your grip if you choose to do so?

I remember reading about this a couple of years ago or so, but forgot asĀ  support for this html5 spec was limited to Chrome (Apple added support in Safari as well). But while investigating a problem a WP DoNotTrack-user was facing, I re-discovered iframe sandboxing (it effectively stopped the javascript-based tracking inside the iframe) and noticed that support for it is to be included in Internet Explorer 10 and that Mozilla is finally working on an implementation as well.

So yeah, the option to sandbox iframe’s pointing to blacklisted (or non-whitelisted) hostnames will probably be in a future version of WP DoNotTrack. Stay tuned!