So I'm starting a series: Browser Wars!
I'm a pretty hard core researcher, as some of you could probably tell. I've done a lot of work through speech and debate, and I even got a researching job. This means that I have LOTS of experience with web browsers and how to efficiently use them. I'll share some of the experiences and research on the browser powerhouses, and maybe some of those browsers that are "up and coming," not really powerhouses.
What a great time to start. Micro$oft has shown us, yet again, why you DON'T want to use Internet Explorer. According to an article from BBC news, this hack (which now has a patch, thankfully) would have allowed malicious hackers to take control of your computer and steel your passwords.
Very frightening, yet M$ doesn't think you ought to switch to a more secure browser, even temporarily:
"I cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw," said John Curran, head of Microsoft UK's Windows group.
He added: "We're trying to get this resolved as soon as possible.
Microsoft is completely in denial when it comes to how vulnerable their browser is.
Internet Explorer is not a solid wall protecting you and your data; it's Swiss Cheese. What's sad it that still boasts an overwhelming majority of web users.
All of that blue area was vulnerable to the attack for almost a week (from about December 13, when the hack was noticed, until this patch was released).
Hopefully I can convince you to leave the majority and you'll be a safer, smarter web user. Internet Exploiter's [sic] days are numbered, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out one of my links, Browse Happy!