Tony pointed me to an interesting article on Charles Wright’s Bleeblog about “Zero-Day holes” — security flaws that may have been in products forever, with not even the manufacturer knowing. Not entirely surprising I suppose. From time to time we hear of some research company telling us about the latest problem they’ve found in Windows or Internet Explorer, and that Microsoft has issued a patch. But it’s not always the white hats that find the flaws.
Some are dumping IE and moving over to Firefox for their web browsing. I’ve certainly considered it too, since the kids hit some games web site last week that installed some horrible Gator/Gain adware. Bleuch. Firefox looks pretty good, with only a couple of gotchas evident from my experimenting.
- it continually asks to confirm the proxy password at work (though it’s fine in this regard at home)
- some foolish web sites the kids like (eg Nick Jr) use weird-arse plug-ins that are only IE compatible.
- it only displays the first few words in title attributes
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Must admit, I’ve tried firefox and it was OK, but I’m more of an fan, been using it for a couple of years now. Same problem as with firefox though, some plugins just don’t work. Can’t use IE without a lot of fiddling though as I’m pretty much a Linux head now.
And I must remember to close my links with a in the future, sorry about that (D’oh)
I’m currently using SpywareBlaster to stop nasty pop-ups and the like from installing themselves on my machine. It seems to be working nicely. You can get it from http://www.javacoolsoftware.com
I am using firefox because my boyfriend introduced it to me, and it is much better in many ways, but since i am not a techhead i won’t be able to tell you these better ways, only it appeals asthetically to me and my blog looks better in that browser compared to explorer. You should try it. chau
I prefer Opera over Firefox, mostly because of the mouse gestures (rapid right-click left-click to go back a page is immensly useful)
Still have Firefox installed of course, and every so often have to go back to IE for certain sites, but that is happening less and less now
I like Firefox a lot – mostly because I get exactly the same browser experience under Linux and Windows (which is important to me as I use Linux at home and Windows at work).
Firefox has great base functionality, but is also extensible through it’s own plugin system. If you want mouse gestures (for example), there are four plugins to choose from.
Try MyIE2 or Avant – both of them ALMOST 100% compatible with IE plugins, have pop-up and spyware blockers, and are free. They also allow tabbed browsing and are pretty bug free in comparison to other software. That said, running Spybot is a good idea.