Security can be a major factor in choosing an Internet browser. Spyware, adware, viruses and pop-ups are just a few of the nuisances that will keep you from browsing quickly, easily or at all -- and Microsoft's Internet Explorer is notorious for being the browser with the biggest target on its back.
How can you deal with Internet Explorer exploits? Some say the only answer is to jump ship.
The editors of SearchWindowsSecurity.com recently asked our site members which Internet browser they use and how well that browser helps them prevent malware infections on Windows systems. The majority, not surprisingly, choose IE's newest competitor Firefox.
To give you an idea of just how popular Firefox has become, between Feb. 2004 and the end of April 2005, Firefox went from virtually no downloads to 50 million downloads, according to ITFacts.biz. Many people have cited security concerns as their reasons for making the switch.
However, as Firefox gains more and more users, one question comes to mind: Is it just a matter of time before Firefox becomes the spy and hacker's browser of choice?
In this collection of six letters to the editor, read what SearchWindowsSecurity.com and ITKnowledge Exchange members have to say about their loyalty to IE and get their insights on the short-term and long-term viability of IE alternative Firefox. Some also offer best practices to lock down Internet use in spite of browser weaknesses.
Internet Explorer vs. Firefox Letters to the Editor
- Letter #1: Firefox is the trustworthy choice
- Letter #2: Firefox will never be as big a target as IE
- Letter #3: Internet Explorer gets the edge
- Letter #4: IE wins, but Microsoft must make a critical change
- Letter #5: Hackers will always go after the "big dog"
- Letter #6: Firefox more easily configured for security
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