The modern day browser is a fun thing to use. In the past, the browser was considered nothing more than a window to the internet. It stood there and let you see a new world without borders. Even to this day most people do not even know what a browser is. They think that the browser is part of the internet itself. A lot more people than you would think are not even aware that they can install another browser on their system. They think that you are forced to use the default one that came with it.
But the modern day browser is more than just a window to the internet. It is a fully stocked application within itself that combined with the internet can do amazing things. Most of this innovation has come through because of the use of plugins. Plugins both inside of web pages and buried in the browser itself has caused some amazing UX interaction when it comes to the web.
There has been some security issues reported when it comes to browser plugins as well. Once again we are talking about both within the web page and also installed in the browser itself. There are some forms of malware that are being delivered by using these methods. With everything moving more and more to the web and with the rise of HTML 5, some people see having plugins as being redundant. They do not see the need for them anymore.
That is why you are starting to hear about some people wanting browsers to blacklist certain plugins. For example, some people inside of Mozilla are making noise about blacklisting the Java plugin for their browser. They feel that it is unsafe and should not be installed anymore. The Java plugin has been the source of many attacks on the Firefox browser and some of the developers want to put an end to it. While this may sound good, you have to wonder where does it stop? The Java plugin is not the only unsafe vector when it comes to plugins. Who will be allowed in the browser and who will not be?