|Comparing security between IE and Firefox|
if we ask any body which browser is more secure between Firefox and IE then mostly people says Firefox. Can any body tell me why Firefox is more secure? I am using IE but i never get any problrm or security pitfall.
[edited by: encyclo at 10:57 am (utc) on Sep. 13, 2005]
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Essentially, IE is insecure because is linked closely to the operating system and because is supports Active X controls which are a hacker's dream come true.
Firefox is just another program. In theory, it should be 100% secure.
Vulnerabilities in FF are generally the result of bugs (coding errors) but vulnerabilities in IE are often the result of architecture/design as well as bugs.
Funny, when I type "msn" in the address bar, Firefox takes me to www.msn.com but Internet Explorer gives error!
Mine, to: search dot msn dot com/results.aspx?srch=105&FORM=AS5&q=msn
Thanx for this knowledge
|I am using IE but i never get any problrm or security pitfall |
I have to agree with this, I have been using IE most of my internet life and have to say I have *never* run into problems. The basics of safe browsing is general knowledge IMHO - don't go on dodgy looking sites, don't click that dodgy looking link and don't enter you personal info all over the place.
|IE supports active X controls |
Quite right, but any active X installation attempt prompts the security bar on the top to pop down asking for verification from you - never install these if you don't know why \ what its for.
I also here people screaming about spyware etc with IE, but again the basics - get a spyware checker, keep up-to date with virus software and clear unwanted cookies \ files.
Just my thoughts :)
|I have to agree with this, I have been using IE most of my internet life and have to say I have *never* run into problems. The basics of safe browsing is general knowledge IMHO - don't go on dodgy looking sites, don't click that dodgy looking link and don't enter you personal info all over the place. |
How do you know what's "dodgy" until you've already clicked it? ;) I'm no Internet newbie, but just recently I wound up on a "dodgy" site without any previous notion that there might be anything wrong - and I'm very careful when going around unfamiliar Internet territory. Granted, that doesn't happen often, but all it takes is once.
|I also here people screaming about spyware etc with IE, but again the basics - get a spyware checker, keep up-to date with virus software and clear unwanted cookies \ files. |
With Firefox, you can forget about most of those things - or, at the very least, you can forget the spyware checker. Also, Firefox includes a cookie manager, which allows you to delete only certain cookies. IE's only option is to delete ALL cookies, unless you do it manually in Windows Explorer, and I consider that pretty awkward.
But you're still essentially right - safe browsing habits will keep you pretty safe if you use IE. But I'd rather not take the chance - besides, Firefox has boosted my productivity so much that I couldn't go back now even if I wanted to!
On another note, I think IE on XP is quite a bit more secure than IE on previous versions of Windows. At least a couple of the security features you mentioned aren't available in my copy of IE (running W2K). I know XP is the norm these days, but there are still a lot of people running 98, 2000, and ME. None of them will have some of those essential security features, such as ActiveX installation warnings.