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Old 10-31-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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Is the links text browser safer than a GUI browser?


I don't use text web browsers that much, but I always wonder if they're safer to use than GUI browsers eg. firefox, chrome, explorer, etc...? Thx

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Old 10-31-2014, 09:21 PM   #2
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Generally yes, as they don't run scripts, which are favored vectors for compromising browsers.

I seldom use text browsers, but I prefer links the lynx, primarily because it formats a page in a more familiar manner. w3b is also pretty good.

http://comptb.cects.com/using-the-lynx-web-browser/
 
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The links browser in graphics mode can be quite impressive. http://links.twibright.com/features.php
 
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Generally yes, as they don't run scripts, which are favored vectors for compromising browsers.
I believe they're also safe from adobe flash exploits and image files that hide scripts/code within.

I use links only if my xserver doesn't start and I need to do an internet search for a possible fix.

Thx
 
Old 10-31-2014, 10:06 PM   #5
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At first I'd say yes but it's one of those things where it's unknown really.

While it offers less add on's it also suffers from less development and hacker interest. Sure there is security in obscurity and that may be the best part of it.

There is no proof one way or the other on this. I'd be inclined to offer a guess that it is a safer way to browse.
 
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The links browser in graphics mode can be quite impressive. http://links.twibright.com/features.php
Thanks for the tip. I wasn't aware of graphics mode in links. Just tried it and it works
 
  


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