Why You Need To Aviod Internet Explorer – Or Do You?

I always enjoy reading articles in which the writer supports any idea, no matter what that may be, with a host of additional data.  Sometimes this data reflects a exploit that by the time the article is written has already been patched. But in this case it revolves around Internet Explorer. Which makes one wonder. What else is new?

Naturally there is a Mozilla Firefox logo embedded in the article, which I imagine is meant to express that we should all be using the Firefox browser. It is stated below that:

Update. July 6, 2008: Tuesday July 8th is Patch Tuesday and according to Ryan Naradine at ZDNet there will be no fixes to Internet Explorer, which currently suffers from several known bugs. Quoting:

“These include the Safari-to-IE bug reported by Aviv Raff, the cross-domain zero-day affecting IE 6, the cross-site scripting bug reported by Roel Schouwenberg, the print table of links issue, and the serious iFrame hijacking flaw discussed by Sirdarckat. There really is no excuse for the delay in patching the Safari-to-IE code execution flaw. It was reported to Microsoft since 2006!”

So what is your opinion? Is IE so full of holes that no one should use it? Is Firefox the only browser to use because it provides quick updates and fixes?

Comments welcome.


PS I have been using Firefox for 4 years in case anyone cares. :-)

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  • Denny

    “PS I have been using Firefox for 4 years in case anyone cares. ”
    ____ I Use . IE-7 . incase anybody . Cares :-) ^^^^

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Heh Den,
    Does anyone really care? LOL

  • Paul Gorski

    I use both browsers (on different computers) and I don’t have a favorite. They both have security issues and patches. As for the Safari exploit …why would anybody use that POS on a PC?

  • Denny

    Hi Ron

    _____Actually . I’ve been Usin . BOTH – OF – UM_____

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Paul,
    I know many just like yourself who use both.

    Hi Denny,
    I knew that! :-)

  • Alan Curtis Montgomery

    I think IE 7 is not as bad as most people say it is; I use it, but after Firefox 3 I don’t know for how much longer I will continue to do so. IE8 better be great if they want to convince me IE is better then Firefox.

  • Sam

    Opera has always beaten the pair of them. But I’ll also use Forefox and IE from time to time.

  • Joe Duvall

    Hello I just have to put my 2 cents in. I aggree with Paul Gorski above. I think it just comes down to how intelligently you use the software and how up to date you keep your security programs. so the which is better debate is a moot point if people would just use their heads.

    P.S. I use all three from time to time and I haven’t run into any problems yet.

  • Exothermic Reaction

    I originally used Netscape back in the days of 4.7x. What caused me to switch to IE back then was that sites started biasing their support towards IE. IE had the advantage that much of it’s code was in DLL’s that were already loaded by windows explorer, so it could load much faster.

    But over the years IE kept changing how it handled security. I do not want sites loading active-X controls on my computer unless I deem them nessisary. What finally drove me away from IE was that there was no way to use it without being nagged to death on each page load because I refuse to allow the site access to something I purposely set to disabled. Sure I could just tell it not to nag me again, but that also disabled the nags for the other stuff I want to know about. So I switched to firefox.

    At that time Firefox awas very fast, and could be configured the way I wanted in terms of allowing and disallowing what sites could do. Then Firefox 2 came out, I was pissed at first because they changed the way you create the search bar pluggins, but I was able to setup the searched I wanted. As Firefox 2 has matured, it seems to have gotten much slower.

    I’m reluctant to try FF3 for now, until I have a chance to try it on another machine to see if it is an improvement or not.

    All I want is a very fast browser with only the pluggins I deem nessisary for the sites I visit. nothing more nothing less.


  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hello Exothermic Reaction,
    That is what most of us want. :-)

  • grannar olice

    I use Opera, unless the page seems not to load properly. Then I click on “InIE” which loads the page in IE.

    With XP patches kept current, I figure IE is “safe enough” for those occasional pages which refuse to load or function in Opera.

    My recollection is IE [since XP SP2 and Vista] and Firefox both have some unpatched vulnerabillities, whereas Opera either has none or it is patched very quickly.