Better browser security??

This time the attention moves to an Internet browser which is rapidly gaining ground against its competitors.

The Firefox browser is small in size, fast operating and undeniably cool, but a lot of its attraction lies in the fact that it is not Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the browser used by the overwhelming majority of people.

The large numbers of people using Internet Explorer have led the bad guys of the Internet to devote more than a little attention to trying find and exploit vulnerabilities in the program. Their goal is to gain control over computers connected to the Internet, without their users’ knowledge, and use them for nefarious purposes, including the sending of Spam messages.

That they they often succeed in finding vulnerabilities is shown by the many security updates released by Microsoft over the years. At the time of writing, for example, a flaw in IE had been detected but Microsoft had not managed to issue an update to correct the problem.

It was reading this news that prompted me to pop along to www.mozilla.com and download a copy of the latest version of Firefox because of its more secure reputation. The file is only about 5Mb in size in size and downloaded onto my computer pretty quickly.

I was very impressed with its clean look and feel and the fact that it allows you browse a number of different pages at once and switch between them by clicking on tabs. It does seem to work pretty fast and I had no trouble in getting used to it; even managing to import my Internet Explorer bookmarks with no trouble.

The program is totally free and is developed and maintained by the Mozilla Foundation supported by a worldwide network of programmers. It currently has around a 10% share of the browser market.

My research revealed that it also has some security issues but I’m going to be using it for the time being because of the large community of developers who can react quickly to any new threat. Firefox updates are downloaded and installed automatically, which should minimise the threat even more, and the baddies are likely to pay it less attention in any case, because of the comparatively fewer people using it.

Mozilla’s security chief, the delightfully named Window Snyder, refused to say, in an interview with news.com, that Firefox was more secure than Internet Explorer. She did, however, point to the greater speed with which Firefox security updates were developed and deployed.

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3 thoughts on “Better browser security??

  1. I have been using Firefox for a couple of years now, with much general satisfaction. However the other day I had to resort to MS Internet Explores to get a page to open properly.When I responded to the following in an e-mail from RCI the page in the URL (is that the correct term?) would not open in a way that I could make use of it to download the letter I needed:
    “Welcome to RCI Online. For your convenience, you can now print your own Guest Certificate or Confirmation Letter immediately by logging on to RCI Online at https://www.rcionline.co.za.”
    Perhaps someone out there can tell me if I need a “plug-in” or something to make Mozilla Firefox work correctly with this site?

  2. It might have something to do with the fact that only IE runs VB client-side scripts. I may be wrong so I’d also like to hear if anyone has ideas.

  3. Why don’t you copy and past the URL into Firefox? The site seems to load fine in Firefox, so maybe something is wrong with the way your e-mail program opens the link. https is different to http .

    Hope this helps,
    Voyager

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