Ask the Expert: Why Are People Calling HTML5 a ‘Game Changer’ For Online Security?
Q: “I’ve heard some web experts mention something called HTML5. I know that HTML is the code used to build websites, but I don’t know anything about HTML5. Some people have said it’s vastly different from older versions of HTML. Can you tell me more about it and any security risks it may pose?”
A: As I mentioned in my piece on the InfoSec World Conference, HTML5 is indeed a game changer.
Marc Andreessen, the guy who helped invent Netscape, the first successful web browser, says, “HTML5 is a major step forward.”
While HTML5 can do things never before possible on the web, the security holes have not been fully addressed, so it’s important to know how you might be at risk with this new technology. Before we get into that, I want to give a little background on both HTML in general and HTML5 specifically.