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    Firefox More Vulnerable to Exploits Than Internet Explorer

    Saw this over at Langalist:

    http://www.informationweek.com/story...0900911&pgno=1

    But, US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team), a
    partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the public
    and
    private sectors that impartially tracks all manner of security issues
    in
    operating systems and major applications, shows that the list of IE's
    current vulnerabilities is shorter than those for FireFox, Mozilla, and
    the other alternate browsers. Likewise, it also lists fewer Windows'
    vulnerabilities than for the other OSes.

    The last time I mentioned a similar US-CERT finding, by the way, Linux
    partisans leapt up to tell me that US-CERT didn't know what it was
    doing.
    Linux *couldn't* have more security flaws than Windows! Everyone
    *knows*
    that Open Source software is so much better than anything from
    Microsoft--
    - right?

    Well, to the dismay the more rabid anti-Microsoft partisans, reports
    from
    other independent observers corroborated CERT's findings.
    For example, between July 1 and December 31, 2004, Symantec documented
    13
    serious vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer, but
    found
    21 vulnerabilities affecting each of the Mozilla-based browsers.
    But don't take my word for it--- read the reports for yourself, see the
    methodologies for yourself, and decide for yourself: The article posted
    now (free!) at
    http://www.informationweek.com/story...leID=160900911
    has all the details and links you'll need.

    I wrote that article to try to help readers interested in FireFox in
    particular and Open Source in general to make an informed decision.
    There
    are many, many excellent, proven, objective benefits to switching to
    Open
    Source software--- but there's also a lot of misinformation, and some
    very, very *bad* reasons to switch.

    For example, the "common knowledge" that FireFox is "more secure than
    IE"
    simply is false. Switching to FireFox for that particular reason--- in
    the
    belief that you'll magically and automatically be more secure--- is
    just
    plain wrong.

    But again, don't trust me, or any third party: Come see the source
    material for yourself, and make up your own mind. It'll only take a few
    minutes, and one way or the other--- whether you agree or disagree with
    me-
    -- you'll have the facts at hand, and so can make an informed judgment,
    rather than one based on "common knowledge."

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    but I hear with IE, the shin bone is connected to the knee bone.

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    but I hear with IE, the shin bone is connected to the knee bone.
    ROFL!

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    For example, the "common knowledge" that FireFox is "more secure than
    IE"
    simply is false. Switching to FireFox for that particular reason--- in
    the
    belief that you'll magically and automatically be more secure--- is
    just
    plain wrong.
    But again, don't trust me, or any third party: Come see the source
    material for yourself, and make up your own mind. It'll only take a few
    minutes, and one way or the other--- whether you agree or disagree with
    me-
    -- you'll have the facts at hand, and so can make an informed judgment,
    rather than one based on "common knowledge."
    why is he begging?
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    ok...

    article fails to tell people that visiting websites with internet explorer can cause adware and spyware software to be silently planted on your computer.

    read this forum reagarding the article for a strong insight of the truth,
    http://www.forums.informationweek.co...55004&tstart=0



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    The only thing I can say is yes it may be true. But how many "Nightly builds" does MS release?

    I don't really champion the use of firefox as a more secure browser... I just think it's a better browser with faults. No software is 100% secure... but Firefox does what I want and how I want it done, period.

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    The real-life results speak for themselves I think. The people will use whats better anyway - no one will stay with a browser that allows code to mess up their computer simply because someone says its much more secure. People use FF bcos it shows results for their PCs.
    Maybe a day will come when FF will not be secure enough but that day wont come very soon.

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    I'm switching back to IE right now - it's so fantastic.
    I'm using Windows 7 - you got a problem with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Booger
    The only thing I can say is yes it may be true. But how many "Nightly builds" does MS release?

    I don't really champion the use of firefox as a more secure browser... I just think it's a better browser with faults. No software is 100% secure... but Firefox does what I want and how I want it done, period.
    boogs took the words right out of my mouth. not long ago I was a avid opera fan now that you guys converted me I love it. now if IE was as customizable than maybe I'd love IE too.



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    I'm sold on extensions and themes. It's easier to think: what can't you do with Firefox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curio
    I'm switching back to IE right now - it's so fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curio
    I'm switching back to IE right now - it's so fantastic.
    I'm sold too... if Curio is jumping back on the train wreck called IE, i want in


    --- 0wN3D by 3gG ---

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    I have been getting the latest nightly build on a regular basis. No problems for me, and I am far from an expert. I only know that 1.0.4 is smooth, stable and fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curio
    I'm switching back to IE right now - it's so fantastic.
    Curio, never cry fire in a movie theater

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