But, US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team), a
partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the public
private sectors that impartially tracks all manner of security issues
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
Linux *couldn't* have more security flaws than Windows! Everyone
that Open Source software is so much better than anything from
Well, to the dismay the more rabid anti-Microsoft partisans, reports
other independent observers corroborated CERT's findings.
For example, between July 1 and December 31, 2004, Symantec documented
serious vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer, but
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
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.
are many, many excellent, proven, objective benefits to switching to
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
simply is false. Switching to FireFox for that particular reason--- in
belief that you'll magically and automatically be more secure--- is
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
-- you'll have the facts at hand, and so can make an informed judgment,
rather than one based on "common knowledge."