It would appear that, regardless of browser choice, theres a plugin to cause problems. Years ago the primary culprits would have been toolbars, but now its the turn of Oracles Java and Adobe Flash Player. If you use either, youll notice frequent updates to protect against vulnerabilities.
Apples vulnerability handling has been pretty neat, with the company just blocking the problem. The US government even said to just disable Java. Flash Player is next to be sorted out, with the February 28 update blocking older versions of Adobes program from working in Safari.
Apple is making this work through OS Xs inbuilt Xprotect malware scanner; maybe not an orthodox method, but its getting results for the company, driving down consumer problems simultaneously. Not everyone knows about Xprotect, and information about it is thin on the ground, but it certainly seems to be flagging outdated software effectively.
As is always the case online, theres some ill feeling about Apples handling. According to some, theyre just playing at being Orwells Big Brother, limiting access and choice. Whether youre in agreement or not, the update should hopefully safeguard users.