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Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's time to retire the "Firefox is safer" conventional wisdom

My Q&A column in WindowsSecrets this week starts this way:
Reader Ron Hoppe asks whether Firefox still has the edge over IE in security.
"It seems like many of your articles involve IE issues. You do a good job of addressing these issues, but I wonder if it may be a good idea to also recommend switching to Firefox in some of these articles. It just seems to be a much better and more secure browser than any IE version, in any comparison category. Or could I be wrong about that?

"Maybe a current discussion would be in order?"

Your question comes at a perfect time, Ron. The current versions of the Big Three browsers — Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome — are all very good. So it's a great time to take a fresh look at your browser choices.
The article goes on to explain where the current Big three browsers stand. It also gives concrete tips on how you can surf safely using any of today's major browsers, including Internet Explorer.

Other items in this column:

  • Computer fails short power-on self-test
  • 'Can't see an external USB drive' follow-up
  • Free rootkit removal for all Windows versions
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