| By Fred Langa |
It’s time to retire the “Firefox is safer” conventional wisdom.
Follow a few rules, and you can securely surf the Web with any of today’s major browsers — including Fred’s personal choice, Internet Explorer.
Looking for a Firefox vs. IE comparison
Ron Hoppe asks whether Firefox still has the edge over IE in security.
- “It seems like many of your articles involve IE issues. You do a good job of addressing these issues, but I wonder if it may be a good idea to also recommend switching to Firefox in some of these articles. It just seems to be a much better and more secure browser than any IE version, in any comparison category. Or could I be wrong about that?
“Maybe a current discussion would be in order?”
First, it must be said that Internet Explorer earned its reputation for poor security. For years, Microsoft was way behind the curve in delivering a reasonably safe browser, right out of the figurative box. IE6 especially was a malicious coder’s dream. IE6 (and 7) could be made safe, but it took some effort and knowledge.
IE8 is different. It has a full complement of security and privacy features built in (see Microsoft’s Help & How-to page), and the default settings are rational. But IE8 is also nicely configurable; you can turn off or adjust various features to suit your preferences.