IE uses Active X, & Microsoft says this can be "extremely insecure"
"From the moment a user downloads an ActiveX control, the control may be vulnerable to attack..."
(FF does not use Active X)
There were 366 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer's ActiveX compared to FF vulnerabilities of 115 last year
The United States Government recommends you "Use a different web browser"
"There are a number of significant vulnerabilities in technologies involving the IE domain/zone security model, ...IE is integrated into Windows to such an extent that vulnerabilities in IE frequently provide an attacker significant access to the operating system"
Secunia.com is perhaps the best source to track browser security holes. If you look at this source, which summarizes secunia over several yrs (not just one yr), you will see that all browsers have had vulnerabilities, but IE has the most & takes the longest to fix
IE's support of webstandards is really bad
This means that as long as a website follows standards it will work better in FF, or any other browser for that matter
FF has tons of addons. You can get Microsoft updates through Firefox & use any on-line scanner with this addon
IE's rendering engine hasn't changed over the years, its still based on "Trident". This is old technology that is starting to show its age, no matter how well dressed it has been getting.
There is a rumor that Microsoft is finally going to kill off Internet Explorer & that IE8 will be the last Internet Explorer. There will most likely be an IE9, but it won't actually be Internet Explorer anymore, it will probably be WebKit or Gazelle with the IE name.
So......you might as well get used to using alternate browsers......
The most popular brands of antivirus on the market (Norton etc)... have an 80 percent miss rate...the actual reason why the top selling antivirus applications don't work is because malware authors are specifically testing their Trojans and viruses to make sure they can bypass these applications before releasing them in the wild
· 1 decade ago