Jan 19 2010

It’s Time to Ditch Internet Explorer

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser remains the net’s most popular browser, despite its many flaws and the plethora of better alternative browsers available for download. The recent attack on Google in China, however, has truly shown that it is time to stop using IE and switch to a better browser.

Both the German and French governments have called on web users to find alternatives to Internet Explorer. A government agency that monitors cyber threats, Certa, has warned people not to use any version of the browser. The malicious code that was used in the attacks on Google is now published online, compromising the security of every Internet Explorer user.

Microsoft continues to assert that the latest edition of its browser, Internet Explorer 8, is the “most secure browser on the market.” It is true that so far, the malicious attacks have occurred on Internet Explorer 6. But security researchers say that this could easily change. Since the code is posted online, hackers could modify it to target other versions of IE. Microsoft has yet to release a patch for IE that would alleviate these concerns.

It’s true that no browser is perfect and other browsers have potential problems that hackers could exploit. But right now, IE is simply not a safe browser to use. Firefox, Chrome, and Safari are much safer alternatives.

Via BBC News, image via Microsoft.

6 Comments on this post

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    January 23rd, 2010 at 4:22 am
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    [...] the attack against Google was made public, people were urged to switch to a more secure browser. The French and German governments, as well as security analysts, urged [...]

    January 31st, 2010 at 12:03 am
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    [...] Firefox is a popular alternative browser to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, and, in light of the attacks on Internet Explorer in the past few months, has been recommended as a replacement browser in some EU countries, most notably Germany and France. However, the German government recently recommended that users stop using Firefox due to the recent security flaw. [...]

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:26 am
  1. share trading strategy said:

    Yes, and I suggest it go with Mozilla. To do this restart and while it’s booting up hit f8 until you get the option to boot in safe mode, use this option. Once logged on then uninstall IE and find and delete any files it leaves behind, Usually is found in program files, In the c drive directory.

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:59 am

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