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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Will FireFox get outfoxed?

Via Gongol comes an article speculating that FireFox will soon suffer from the same problems as Internet Explorer in terms of spyware, viruses, and security holes.

I use FireFox on both my PC and Mac, and like it (although it does crash occasionally on my home PC). While the number of Fox users is increasing, it is still a very small portion of the internet. Thus, it will still be to the benefit of spyware makers to write for Internet Explorer, even if it holds only 90% of the user base instead of 95%.

But there is more to that. Most FireFox users right now are techies - people who are knowledgeable about computers and use them regularly. I think these people are smarter about not getting infected in the first place, by being carefull what sites they download, what they agree to, and know how to remove infections when they occur. But more importantly, I think Fox users are probably better about installing patches when they come out.

Internet Explorer has it's faults, but it's a decent browser if you keep it patched. The problem with IE is that users don't patch it. That, combined with it's market penetration, is why spyware is written for IE.


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