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Don't Run Internet Explorer

I've said it before, and I'll say it again:

The ONLY purpose Internet Explorer serves, is to download Mozilla Firefox.

I subscribe to Bruce Schneier, leading expert on security. His articles and publications are always well written, and he brings so much to the table in terms of security. Well, the latest entry on his blog is a link to an interview done with an Adware programmer. As you read the article, it's clear that Internet Explorer has some serious flaws, and these programmers are taking clear advantage of them. One might even go so far to say that Microsoft is aware of the holes, and turning a blind eye as they have an opportunity to make money on security software. At any event, IE is a serious security flaw, and anyone or any company even halfway serious about malware should take a second look at the flagship browser, and find an alternative.

Of course, we've been saying this to family and friends over and over and over until we're blue in the face, but they aren't listening. Maybe this article is good ammunition to have at your disposal. Good read.

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  1. foo | January 31, 2009 at 12:40 am | Permalink


  2. Keri | January 31, 2009 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    aaron- interesting link. you will be happy to know that i read the entire interview! it really is scary about how our information is so readily available online. and i understand more your security issues with email. i think this is a good interview to make others aware of the flaws of windows and how EASY it is for programmers to write code to mess up your computer. (i also like how they labeled windows processes as promiscuous- you would think an operating system as large as they are would be more concerned with safety and security!) i guess the lesson from all of this is to run unix!

  3. Joshu | February 7, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I think you mean 'Opera', yes? 😉

  4. Krayon | September 10, 2009 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    Ain't that the truth 😀 It's the exact reason if I ever touch a Windows machine (admittedly not often these days) I replace iexplore.exe with an app that does nothing but finish executing (I named it DoNothing.exe because I'm oh so imaginative). This helps in protecting them slightly 😛

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