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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?

Here are some link on this topic:
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6264-5259044.html
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105_2-5232993.html
http://news.com.com/2100-7355_3-5250697.html

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Firefox & Netscape

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

When a computer has spyware, trojan problems then I clean it up, hide internet explorer and use either Firefox or Netscape as the browser depending if it is business or home use.

Personally I have one of each browser on my 3 computers. Netscape is my favorite design and IE has the least plug-in hassles. To me it depends on the user's need and sophistication. You can make IE safe but it requires a lot of overhead. It is not the best browser but is ubiquitously compatible. Personally, I like having choices.

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Absolutely!

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

It's time for the die hard faithful to give up the notion that MS can ever secure it's OS or it's Browser. We are well over a year into the MS security initiative and the most prominent outcome of that initiave is not that MS is more secure, but, rather, the erroneous claim that MS is no less secure than Linux, which is patently absurd. To continue the pretence that a secure MS box is just around the corner is nothing more or less than an act of Faith.

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Try Deepnet Explorer

by zookeeperz In reply to Absolutely!

If you use IE to go to the sites that wont display on Firefox or the other non-IE shell browsers(like Windows Update), isn't it like wearing a raincoat everyday but Tuesday?
Deepnet explorer was recently released...check it out at http://deepnetexplorer.com/support.asp

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P2P on Deepnet Explorer ...

by Michael Kane In reply to Try Deepnet Explorer

My first glance opinion on Deepnet is that the built-in P2P feature could wreak havoc on a network. Gnutella - based doesn't mean anything of benefit to me.
Again - my first impression is to keep this browser forhome use only - if that. I'l have to giveFirefox a real looking into.

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P2P on Deepnet

by zookeeperz In reply to P2P on Deepnet Explorer . ...

Actually the P2P browser is a separate browser, as is the news reader...you can choose not to install those browsers, and you also have the option of toggling off the P2P and News Readers.

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IE, your days are number!!!

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

Come on, We've been taking so much crab from IE and its makers (MS) and its gat to stop. But as we all know you can't seperate IE form windows, hence most people are forced to you use. Unfortuantely a lot of people do not know the existence of other browser that aremuch more secured and can perform much better than IE

Before switching to firefox, I was faced with a lot pop ups and other B.S. the only problem now is some site's are built purposely to work on IE and dont really work well on firefox or other non IE browsers. but it hasnt stopped me from using firefox or mozilla and i would say 98.5% of the sites I visit work perfectly. Its so smooth and fast. The tab feature is a really a good thing and the best thing is patches are released so quickly its just so amazing. unlike IE.... NO COMMENT.

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IE, your days are numbered!!!

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

Come on, We've been taking so much crab from IE and its makers (MS) and its gat to stop. But as we all know you can't seperate IE form windows, hence most people are forced to you use. Unfortuantely a lot of people do not know the existence of other browser that aremuch more secured and can perform much better than IE

Before switching to firefox, I was faced with a lot pop ups and other B.S. the only problem now is some site's are built purposely to work on IE and dont really work well on firefox or other non IE browsers. but it hasnt stopped me from using firefox or mozilla and i would say 98.5% of the sites I visit work perfectly. Its so smooth and fast. The tab feature is a really a good thing and the best thing is patches are released so quickly its just so amazing. unlike IE.... NO COMMENT.

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I wish you all luck...

by RTG05 In reply to IE, your days are numbere ...

Unfortunately, switching our network to something that has known issues as I have read with Firefox would not be an option for us.

Our network users could care less about the security, they just want their pages to come up when they surf!!!

Does anyone have the answer? Is there a browser that is more secure than IE AND works?

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Known issues...

by dogzilla In reply to I wish you all luck...

Yes there are "known issues" with Firefox and the Mozilla browser and that is good. We can all read about them and read about what developers are doing about them.

It's the unknown issues with IE and m$ apps and the exploits that come along one after the other that more people should be concerned with. When it comes to "known issues" with IE first there's denial, then when it can't be ignored there's "We'll fix it soon, er, when we get a round-tuit." When it comes to a sense of safety that is scarey.

It is worth switching browsers for security alone.

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Mozilla's FireFox

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

I am a County-wide Tech for a school system and we've always preferred Mozilla over IE...this latest lack of security is no surprise to us. Firefox v0.9.2 works great!! It has popup blocking, it's clean...just a great browser all around. With so many computers, and so few techs, we need things to run as smoothly as possible and switching to Firefox just made sense for us.

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