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FireFox hits 20% Market Share

Is it time to start looking for "The Next Big Thing"?

9:45 pm on Nov 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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According to Net Applications [marketshare.hitslink.com], (and being reported by webmonkey [webmonkey.com]), FireFox has now hit 20% market share worldwide, boosted by heavy use in Europe, where its share is as high as 30%.

A while back, I stated that I'd drop FireFox when it hits 25% market share. My reasoning is that as FireFox gains market share, it will gain greater attention from malware writers, and its security advantages will rapidly dissipate.

I'm starting to think of lowering that bar. A niggling little doubt at the back of my mind is wondering if FireFox isn't already becoming a target. But what's the alternative? Safari blows (sorry Mac Fans, but Safari just doesn't cut it for me), Konqueror is Ok on my Linux boxes, but it lacks the extensibility that I've come to rely on with FireFox. Opera is a nice browser, overall, but again, the extensibility just isn't there.

Chrome shows promise, but it's still way to beta to cut it as a daily driver.

Anyone have any thoughts?

1:40 am on Nov 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Security by obscurity isn't always the safest path. Why not learn to operate your preferred browser in a secure manner?
1:52 am on Nov 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Woo Hoo! Great news, for one of the more SECURE browsers out there, particularly if you run the NoScript plugin. FF since v1 and have not looked back since (though I continually upgrade IE and piddle with it from time to time). M$'s most recent report reveals that more viral attacks come through apps not the operating system and that Apple's apps is top of the list for being holy... er wholly. :)

Malware is out there... and these days it does not target any one app or os... it is after EVERYTHING it can get into. Of course, if low insertion is the criteria, there's always Google Chrome (which has all the same problems of Safari).