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And We Are Using Internet Explorer Why, Exactly?

Posted by susabelle at 8:44 AM on July 7, 2009

firefoxeatsie“Microsoft warned users Monday about yet another serious security flaw related to its Internet Explorer browser for which there is no fix.”

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve seen that phrase come from Microsoft, I could retire early.  I have not been a fan of Internet Explorer for a long time; I was an early downloader of Firefox and have never looked back.  Firefox is not perfect, but it is much less likely to have a security hole that will give some nefarious user access to my machine.  The only time I use Internet Explorer is to access our proprietary online system at work, where I have to enter payroll numbers or look up requisitions and purchase orders.  Other than that, that monster stays closed, and I do all other business on Firefox.

I have gone so far as to remove easy access to Internet Explorer on any machine in my house, as well as from pc’s being used by my mom and dad.  I am that concerned about the issues with Internet Explorer.

As big as Microsoft is, with as many developers and bug-fixers as they have on staff, I find it hard to believe that these “holes” keep appearing followed closely by the phrase “there is no fix.”  As much as they try to insinuate themselves into our online lives, you would think they’d try a little harder to provide a product that is safe to use.  After all, if computers are infected, everyone loses, right?

The hole affects those using XP or Server 2003 through how Internet Explorer processes video, so if you’re using those operating systems with Internet Explorer, you should probably not be watching any online videos until a patch is installed.

3 Comments

  1. From Mark at 1:29 pm on July 7, 2009

    It both amazes and disappoints me that with some of the most brilliant minds in the world, Microsoft continues to generate products with the most security flaws. Granted IE8 and Windows 7 are huge steps toward tighter code and more secure products, but we all know that until Firefox started eating into their browser market-share, they were content to leave us all with IE6 and its myriad of security holes. I also suspect that growing OSX sales and the penetration of Linux into the netbook market was something of an impetus to make Windows 7 a better product and to get it to market sooner.
    With all the brain-power Microsoft has on tap, I can only imagine that there must be some extremely poor management. Look at what Google has produced by giving their employees (also some of the world’s most brilliant minds) the tools and free reign to pursue making the best product they can.

  2. From YukiEiri at 9:35 am on July 8, 2009

    I’ve “grown-up” with MS products. I have seen everything they’ve produced since Windows 3.1. What I have gleaned from all this exposure is MS has a habit, maybe even a policy to release their products before they are ready. Windows ME, and Vista being shining examples. In all their years of creating, publishing, and developing, one would think they would learn from their past mistakes. Apparently, history is not a lesson for these people. I, too, use Firefox almost exclusively unless, of course, the website I’m accessing demands IE. So, all I’ve really got to say is, “Those who do not learn from their past, are doomed to repeat it.” Endlessly.

  3. From Tom at 12:34 pm on July 8, 2009

    IE 8 has made me switch over to FireFox. I’ve got two websites that IE 8 has mangled something awful. If I could downgrade I would in a heartbeat.