posted on Sep, 25 2005 @ 03:10 PM
FireFox is the Linux/UNIX of web browsers. For some reason people think it's the best thing that ever happened to computers and them, it includes a
huge fan base (it's a web browser! not a sports team). A lot of it's design was put into security, etc, just like Linux/UNIX.
The problem is the same for both these pieces of software. They both have a reputation of being stable, secure, etc, but until you try and compare,
there is quite a bit of inferiority to Microsoft's software. Especially in the technical stuff.
I tried FireFox and it was overrated, too many plug-ins and junk that just added congestion to my system, and I quickly reverted back to Microsoft IE
which used a small base of DLLs and is native to Windows. There have been several updates for IE and most of the security "holes" have been found,
especially the major ones. Firefox's security holes are still unknown, they are basically testing new grounds. FireFox will be a great browser one
day, but now it is far to experimental to be safe for me. Out of all of the browsers I would recommend Netscape, many corporations with sensitive
computer networks use it.
I would think that it would be wise to use the new FireFox 1.5, we should support it's development. So if you have a computer that can take a beating
if there is a security hole, and has a decent firewall then give it a shot. I may download it, just to try it out and see if it improved.
If you wan't 100% secure web browsing, you should use MS DOS based browsers or make up your own (know what would be great, MS DOS FireFox!)