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#1 tim_ver

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:42 PM

I just read this article on IE having a major security issue and I have to say it makes me very concerned. They say to use Firefox, Chrome, or Opera. Are these really secure?
Which is the best one?

Here is the article: http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/111811


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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:52 PM

IE has always been targeted by hackers and malware programmers because it has the lion's share of the browser market and will cause the most disruption (just as they like it) This makes vulnerabilities look worse than they are.

I think there is a general move to recommend alternative browsers such as Firefox or Opera because of this and there is certainly no big reason to stick with IE other than familiarity.

My advice is to try FF or Opera (or Chrome, though this is still in the early stages) and see what you think. The basic features are similar in style and use so it isn't a big step.

Of course, If (or some people would say, when) FF overtakes IE and the malware developers switch their attention to another browser they may decide to offer advice the other way
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:04 PM

When you install Fire Fox it ask to you want to import all the IE stuff like favorites and passwords into Fire Fox. Do I or is this not a good idea?


Also when you download something with Fire Fox where do the files go to? Can I change this? I would like to be able to tell it where to save the file. Each time maybe a different place.


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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:38 PM

Importing IE settings into FF should be okay. If you aren't sure then have your antivirus scan the settings, bookmarks, etc folders

You can also decide where you want downloads to be saved by clicking Tools>Options in the Firefox menu. under Main / Downloads select the Save files to option and click the Browse button.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:44 PM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28258894

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