MSN Says: Mozilla's Firefox trumps Internet Explorer

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by henry baker, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. henry baker

    henry baker Guest

    Yes, even MSN is telling us to switch rather than fight.

    http://slate.msn.com/id/2103152/

    "... Scob <the russky worm> didn't get me, but it was enough to make me
    ditch Explorer in favor of the much less vulnerable Firefox browser.
    Firefox is built and distributed free by the Mozilla Organization, a small
    nonprofit corporation spun off last year from the fast-fading remnants of
    Netscape, which was absorbed by AOL in 1999. Firefox development and
    testing are mostly done by about a dozen Mozilla employees, plus a few
    dozen others at companies like IBM, Sun, and Red Hat. I've been using it
    for a week now, and I've all but forgotten about Explorer...."
     
    henry baker, Jul 6, 2004
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    Roy Coorne Guest



    So we should follow this advice and switch to Mozilla or Firefox &
    Thunderbird.

    roy
     
    Roy Coorne, Jul 6, 2004
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  3. henry baker

    Squalished Guest

    You might like to add firefox, but the above statement
    should have read that Firefox is a far less "exploited"
    browser than IE. We don't know what the hackers would find
    if everyone switched to Firefox and the hackers started
    looking for vulnerabilities. OTOH, everyone has access to
    the source code, so a considerable army could begin
    working on fixes for Firefox and others could actually
    begin to verify fixes. Of course, the hackers can read
    source code, so I expect all the vulnerabilities in
    Firefox could be sorted in a couple of years of fierce
    back and forth.
     
    Squalished, Jul 6, 2004
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    Roy Coorne Guest

    Squalished wrote:
    ....
    FACK - in a couple of years...

    In cyberspace, 1+ year => eternity;-)

    Roy
     
    Roy Coorne, Jul 6, 2004
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    N. Miller Guest

    But we do know what the hackers won't find in Firefox: "DestructiveX"
    scripting; the bane of MSIE users all over the world. Most browser
    hijackings start with an AciveX control installed, if the security setting
    is too low, or the browser unpatched, without the user's knowledge.
     
    N. Miller, Jul 7, 2004
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  6. It is really simple to set the activex controls to prompt or disable.
     
    =?Utf-8?B?TUFQ?=, Jul 8, 2004
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