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Mon 12 Jul 2004

Use a different web browser!

Category : mac and the internet

A 6th July 2004 update of a 6th June Vulnerability Note VU#713878 of the U.S. government's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) of the Department of Homeland Security says "Use a different web browser".

Yet, despite a sudden 1% drop between June and July which (embarassingly) saw many geeks celebrate, some 95% of all users are still using Internet Explorer.

95%! I'm not just talking security (its dominance made it a target). It's almost embarrassing that so many users have not heard of tabbed browsing! I was already rabid about tabbed browsing last year but won few converts. Habit tells for most. Or a fear of trying something new. And ignorance is bliss. Heh. Many actually didn't know what a browser was. It was all quite instructive in this so called internet age.

Anyway, US-CERT says that "There are a number of significant vulnerabilities in technologies relating to the IE domain/zone security model, the DHTML object model, MIME-type determination, and ActiveX. It is possible to reduce exposure to these vulnerabilities by using a different Web browser, especially when browsing untrusted sites."

With most Mac users using at least Safari as a default, tabbed browsing is old news. Still, with the plethora of browsers that are available, you can use the best tool for the job. Diversity, really, is the key to security.

So let me ask my PC-wielding friends, will you now try Firefox? If even 1% of you change, I'll celebrate!

Posted at 11:28AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | , .