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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.