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Still using Internet Explorer? You'd better reconsider
Thread poster: xxxMihai Badea
xxxMihai Badea  Identity Verified
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Dec 16, 2008

"A malignant security flaw found in all versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has yet to be fixed, and the problem is spreading. Microsoft detailed the flaw in a security update blog post six days ago. Since then, the problem has spread across the globe, hitting at least 2 million computers.
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The easiest way to keep your computer safe is to stop using Internet Explorer. And while other browsers aren't entirely devoid of bugs, they are a better alternative in this case. " PC World, Dec 16, 2008
http://www.pcworld.com/article/155551/internet_explorer_is_unsafe_still.html


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Ma.Elena Carrión de Medina  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Dec 16, 2008

Mihai,

Thanks for sharing this information.. I hope this flaw does not hit any of us.


Kind regards,
Elena


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Edwal Rospigliosi  Identity Verified
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IE? No, thanks. Dec 16, 2008

I haven't used IE for a couple of years now. I use Opera in Windows, and Safari in Mac. Both of them are a lot better, easier and faster than IE.

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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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More details Dec 16, 2008

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/12/exploit_for_unpatched_internet.html

and

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/961051.mspx .

In short - better stay away from IE all versions.

Uldis


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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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Google Chrome etc. Dec 17, 2008

I use Google Chrome, SlimBrowser etc.
Reason: Fast and secured.
I use IE for some Microsoft websites when they demand IE.

Soonthon L.


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Tomás Cano Binder, CT  Identity Verified
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Just installed Google Chrome Dec 17, 2008

Hi have just installed Google Chrome after this posting. It looks good! It installed quite quickly and --as far as I can see now-- it does not mess much with the system. I hope it works as expected!

Edited to add the following: Looking at Windows' task manager I see that Chrome weighs about the same as IE in the memory. However, it is true that it starts faster and you are up and running quickly.

[Edited at 2008-12-17 07:24 GMT]


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esperantisto  Identity Verified
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It's not just safety, Dec 17, 2008

I use GNU IceCat and Opera with Linux and Firefox and Opera with Windows not only for safety and security, but also for much better usability. I especially love IceCat/Firefox expandability with extensions. Who needs IE, when those brilliant programs are available?

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Poisson rouge
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Wow! Dec 17, 2008

I didn't even know so many programmes existed! As I don't know much about such things, I found IE quite OK (yes, you are allowed to hit me virtually...) but I really feel like trying something else after reading this thread! Thanks for the ideas!

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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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I use Firefox, but just FYI... Dec 17, 2008

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081217/ap_on_hi_te/tec_internet_explorer_security

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Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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Just to get some facts on what is save or unsave in the long run Dec 17, 2008

Yes, there is a serious security problem concerning MS IE.

But the most unsafe applicatios seems to be Firefox, at least that is what some experts claim:



12.11.2008 - Waltham, MA - Bit9, Inc., the pioneer and leader in Enterprise Application Whitelisting, unveiled its annual ranking of popular consumer applications with known security vulnerabilities. Often running outside of the IT department’s knowledge or control, these applications can be difficult to detect; they create data leakage risk in endpoints that are otherwise secure; and cause compliance breaches that can result in costly fines. The list, published in a research brief entitled “2008’s Popular Applications with Critical Vulnerabilities,” is designed to highlight the need for greater visibility and control over organizations’ endpoints, including laptops, PCs servers and Point-of-Sale systems.

The list this year expanded to include 12 applications, up from 10 last year, due to the increase in vulnerabilities and the popularity of applications such as Skype and Yahoo! Assistant that are often used by employees within an enterprise.

Five of the top 12 applications with known vulnerabilities include:

- Mozilla Firefox, versions 2.x and 3.x
- Adobe Acrobat, versions 8.1.2 and 8.1.1
- Microsoft Windows Live (MSN) Messenger, versions 4.7 and 5.1
- Apple iTunes, versions 3.2 and 3.1.2
- Skype, version 3.5.0.248

http://www.bit9.com/news-events/press-release-details.php?id=102



[Edited at 2008-12-17 18:11 GMT]

[Edited at 2008-12-18 05:22 GMT]


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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
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"You to get some facts on what is save or unsave in the long run" Dec 17, 2008

Siegfried Armbruster wrote:

But the most unsafe applicatios seems to be Firefox, at least that is what some experts claim:


Where does the Bit9 press release say that Firefox is the "most unsafe application"? Or even that it is particularly unsafe, for that matter?

Marc


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Piotr Bienkowski  Identity Verified
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Meanwhile Dec 17, 2008

Firefox just popped up a notice to update to ver. 3.0.5.

Where is the MSIE update?

Piotr

P.S.


Anti-Malware

Firefox 3 protects you from viruses, worms, trojan horses and spyware. If you accidentally access an attack site, you’ll receive a full-sized browser message as a warning. A continuously updated list of attack-sites tells us when to stop you from browsing, so there’s nothing for you to update or maintain.


[Edited at 2008-12-17 19:25 GMT]


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Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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I'm not interested in religious wars Dec 18, 2008

Marc P wrote:
Where does the Bit9 press release say that Firefox is the "most unsafe application"? Or even that it is particularly unsafe, for that matter?


Just read:

Unterdessen führt Firefox nach Angaben des Herstellers Bit9, einem Spezialisten für Application Whitelisting und Application Control, die Liste der am meisten verwundbaren Anwendungen (PDF-Datei) unter Windows an. Dicht darauf folgen Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, VMware, Java und QuickTime. Auf die Liste gelangten jedoch nur solche Anwendungen, die sich nicht durch Softwareverteilungs- und Update-Tools wie Microsoft SMS und WSUS aktualisieren lassen.

http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Webbrowser-Firefox-3-0-5-schliesst-mehrere-Sicherheitsluecken--/meldung/120565


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Please explain Dec 18, 2008

This is worrying. Could someone please explain in what way Internet Explorer may be unsafe? What could happen? How could it affect one's computer?
Excuse my ingorance,
Regards,
Jenny


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Explanation Dec 18, 2008

Jenny Forbes wrote:

This is worrying. Could someone please explain in what way Internet Explorer may be unsafe? What could happen? How could it affect one's computer?
Excuse my ingorance,
Regards,
Jenny


Hi Jenny,

Here's an article that explains it:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/dec/16/internet

Take care
Debs

PS: I tried Opera, Firefox and Google Chrome yesterday (you can download them from IE), and have settled for Opera - much quicker that IE on my computer and has also seemed to resolved an irritating incompatibility problem I was having with one of my other programs.


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