How can people be passionate about IE anymore?

I have had a interesting e-mail exchange this weekend, I will not go into the details but suffice to say I am blown away how many people are still using Internet Explorer as their default browser. But the more I got to thinking about it I realized that the only people that truly understand the impact and the inherent problems of IE are people like me that spend all day reading article after article that essentially has shaped my mind into understanding that running IE is not an option and to be avoided at all cost.

Someone said they have been on broadband for years, never used a firewall prior to the one that was shipped with windows, uses IE and says they do not have any spyware on their machine and that it has not been compromised. This goes against all odds that clearly shows that the majority of computers are probed multiple times on a daily basis. I have a machine that sets on the front line with only a software firewall and I can tell you that machine is probed hundreds of times a day. Those that are using a router with their cable service have a certain amount of additional protection.

My mom is in a area where their is no broadband she is on dial-up and in the interim between the time she bought it and when I was able to visit and install a firewall that machine was essentially hacked and owned. This was a dial up connection mind you that was not on all the time. The only thing that I could do was get the rebuild disk out and start over. So unless someone has a kick butt ISP that is protecting them to a certain extent I am still astonished in some of the comments today.

Don’t get me wrong I had a Unix machine of my own penetrated recently so no one or no operating system is perfect but I shudder to imagine having to surf the net today with IE by choice.