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No such thing as a safe browser?

Frankly, I'm sick of writing about vulnerabilities in browsers. It seems like Microsoft releases a patch almost every week for some godforsaken flaw or hole.

September 9, 2005: "Microsoft to release fixes for Windows flaws" (http://www.techrepublic.com/2100-1009_11-5855588.html)

September 6, 2005: "eEye: Flaw found in IE, Outlook installation" (http://www.techrepublic.com/2100-1009_11-5851325.html)

August 30, 2005: "Microsoft investigates another IE flaw report" (http://www.techrepublic.com/2100-1009_11-5844431.html)

In fact, I started to experience so many weird IE glitches when using TechRepublic's publishing tool that I downloaded Firefox, which alleviated those problems. I still use IE for "normal" browsing. Yes, I go both ways, but Firefox has become my nitty gritty, get 'er done browser of choice. However, Firefox has its own security problems, so it certainly can't act like its ship don't sink. For example, the top story in today's IT News Digest:

"Unpatched Firefox flaw may expose users" (http://www.techrepublic.com/2100-1009_11-5856201.html)

According to this News.com story, some experts claim that safe browsers don't exist! If that's true, what does that mean for the future of the Internet?  

About Sonja Thompson

Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.

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