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Is it worth switching browsers from IE to secure a network?

By jasonhiner Moderator ·
The Download.Ject flaw seems to have been the final straw for a few organizations in dealing with Internet Explorer and its many insecurities. New data shows that IE has actually lost some market share over the past month. Even CERT, the cybersecurity organization for the U.S. government, has basically recommended that organizations that want tight security switch from using IE.

Is it really worth the hassle of switching from IE? Has anyone out there already done this yet? What alternative browsers are suitable for a business environment? If you decide to keep IE, what steps can be taken to make it more secure?

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Why not?

by gralfus In reply to Is it worth switching bro ...

There is no real reason to stay with IE over another browser. Most people use it because it came with Windows. Other browsers such as Opera or Mozilla Firefox offer the same benefits and more, and patch their flaws much more quickly than MS patches IE.

I've been using Opera for a few years now and I like it. However, it does cost money. I just downloaded Firefox and intend to use it more often, and it is free. The downside is that certain sites, especially financial sites, are often coded specifically for Internet Explorer and tend to choke on other browsers. This is a matter of getting lots of customers to complain to the financial companies so that the web designers will get off the IE-only bandwagon.

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Dump IE for security and piece of mind!

by ZenWarp In reply to Why not?

I personally switched to using Netscape 7.0 again and since the switch I found that when I run ad-aware 6.0 and Spybot to get rid of malware I have come up clean, but when I used IE I always got some 'stuff' to delete so it must be IE specific and that is why I am 'dumping' IE once and for all.

as to banking applications , I worked on a project at Chase a number of years ago and we developed with browser compatability for IE and Netscape.
Opera has the option to identify as IE so that may not be an issue, I have used the 'free' version of Opera for a while myself but now prefer Netscape now.
bye bye IE
bye bye spy

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Already did

by sderf In reply to Why not?

What is the point of staying with IE just because Bill tells you to.Foxfire is working just great.
If IE fixes flaws it not a day till there is something else wrong. If Bill would spend as much time trying make a good program as he does trying to sell new stuff we would be better off.
I am getting tired it

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Better Than Firefox and doesnt use IE shell

by zookeeperz In reply to Already did

I have tried several browsers. I currently have Firefox, but I have been using Deepnet Explorer as my default since I found it about a week ago. It does not use the IE shell, but does use aspects of IE, and you CAN get Windows updates on it. It has tabbed browsing, autocomplete and autologin, has a page filter that you can edit as u surf to block banner ads(I blocked all banner ads on this site for instance, except Flash). Don't anybody else use it, tho, cuz I don't want it to become popular

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Staying with Firefox

by enicholson In reply to Better Than Firefox and d ...

I have been using Firefox for Windows and Linux for several months now. After reading about Deepnet, I don't think I'll be making the switch to it anytime soom. My biggest dislike about deepnet is P2P file sharing.

I am also switching email to Thunderbird. If anyone knows any security risk here, I'd appreciate hearing about them.


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Foxfire, Thunderbird, Mozilla, Netscape, and IE

by chtank In reply to Staying with Firefox

Yes, I agree, Foxfire is great and so is Thunderbird. I use IE for three things only, that is to keep you wife's Win98se and my WIn2000pro up to date, to do an online security check with symantec, and to check my W3C Accessibility complient HTML code for our blind users who use IE with their JAWS readers. However, since Opera is proprietary, it has been rejected for even testing. My default browser/e-mail client is Mozilla 1.71; Firefox and Thunderbird are still in development and will become Mozilla 2.0 in time. The best thing about Mozilla is that it is open source and cross platform and is by far one of the most popular standards complient of all the browsers (since Netscape amoung others is based on it). Microsoft tends to want to promote their own "inovations" in order to promote Microsoft and tehy tend to downplay the standards as old fashion in order to promote their "inovations". They are not the only ones who do so, but they are, by far, the worst of the lot, after all, they invented the idea.

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Am Currently Using Yahoo

by tbbrickster In reply to Staying with Firefox

You may wish to consider using Yahoo as your client. Yahoo stores the email on it's servers, rather than on the local C drive of one specific machine as any PC-based client does. I find it quite handy to be able to access my email from anywhere I can obtain Internet access.

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DeepNet Explorer

by mokeloc In reply to Better Than Firefox and d ...

I just checked out Firefox as well as DeepNet Explorer. I find that Firefox is pretty good but it doesn't have the tabed feature and in my line of work. I have to keep about 12 different windows open and having more windows open doesn't help. DeepNet on the other hand is pretty sweet and simple. But I have have one problem with Deepet Explorer, it eats away at your memory with all the caching. That's a minor problem but other then that I would go with DeepNet Explorer.

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No Firefox tabbed browsing? Look again ...

by ccoach In reply to DeepNet Explorer

Tabbed browsing has been a basic feature of Moz/Firefox for years. Use a control/click (or enter) when loading another address or link. That will induce another tab.

In Firefox, adjust this to have the tabbar show even with only 1 site open:
tools | options | advanced | (in the "Browsing" section - UNcheck the "Hide the tab bar when only one site is open".

Trust millions of us: Firefox has tabbed browsing ...


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Deepnet and ActiveX

by dalivision In reply to Better Than Firefox and d ...

Does Deepnet utilize ActiveX? Do you get Ad/Spyware with Deepnet? My experience with Firefox does not have Ad/Spyware which I think is due to ActiveX, but not sure. Yes some pages require IE and I simple load IE and go to that page then shut it down once completed with that page, then continue with Firefox. If Deepnet can view those pages without the Ad/Spyware it deserves a long look.

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