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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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Firefox flies

by Mike In reply to Firefox speed

Firefox flies on our Win 2000's

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Count me in for Firefox too.

by TomSal In reply to Another Firefox vote

We have IE as the standard still here at work, but I'm trying to get that to change as well - just takes time with the corporate politics and what not.

At home I'm almost exclusively FireFox and I even got my best friend to switch over to it and she loves it now (of course she pretty much relies on anything I say regarding her computer so that's not a great challenge).

For whatever silly reason though I have one gaming site that I pay money to for premium content and that site only completely works well with IE, so when that site works just as well in FireFox I will 100% be using it!

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Found a spell checker

by TheChas In reply to More than worth it

For those of you who like to use a spell checker for web forms, I finally found one for Firefox.

Now all I need IE for is the sites that don't load properly in Firefox.


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by Joseph Moore In reply to Found a spell checker

Chas, this is a great find!
Let's see if it works:

"this sentence is typed really fast so I will make mistakes in typing. let's see what happens"

Wow! It actually worked! Spell checking in a text form! I'm a happy IT guy now!

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I'm really hoping that I'm detecting sarcasm

by TechnicalMumboJumbo In reply to Thanks!

If not I worry about both of you

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by tbbrickster In reply to Found a spell checker

Bless you TheChas, may your tribe increase!!!

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Firefox - cross platform browser

by oz_ollie In reply to More than worth it

Firefox is my recommendation too because it is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It looks the same (by default) on all OS and is easily customisable by individual users, the administrator or root.

This will make it difficult for malware to target Firefox and because it doesn't run ActiveX content eliminates most of the Windows risks as well.

There are numerous "extensions" available for Firefox that include spell checkers, games, configuration options and many more -

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Using Favorites in Firefox

by Blinkr In reply to More than worth it

I have tried Mozilla & Firefox. It has imported my IE favorites, but they are a mess. Almost no order what-so-ever. Is there a way to get them mor organized?? More like I had them in IE??


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Organise Bookmarks

by oz_ollie In reply to Using Favorites in Firefo ...

Normally importing the bookmarks keeps them in the folders/structure that they were in. However to re-organise your bookmarks simply click on Bookmarks => Manage Bookmarks and you can drag, drop, delete and create folders to your hearts content.

You may also want to click on Tools => Options => Extensions => Get New Extensions and try some of the Bookmark extensions to help you manage your bookmarks.

Have Fun!

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Corporate Deployment & ROI

by coyoterojo In reply to More than worth it

There doesn't appear to be any postings addressing what I take to be the question of primary consideration, namely; what are the costs associated with changing browsers in a corporate environment?

It's not just a matter of individual preferences, browser features or conspiracy paranoia. It's a matter of testing business critical apps, user training, the associated costs of the learning curve, and deployment feasibility and costs as well as available technical resources (don't know about others, but we operate with an emaciated skeleton crew).

MS gets the lion's share of attacks due to the economies of scale. Why would a cracker worth his salt hack an app/OS that's used by <5% of the world when they can hack an app/OS used by >95% of the world? When that ratio changes (and it will eventually), crackers will turn their attention elsewhere. No app/OS is 100% secure.

We need an honest discussion on the costs and methodology necessary to switch browsers in a corporate environment. Postings of individual preferences and anti-MS rants are unproductive.

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