To use Internet Explorer or not to

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that a new bug in Internet Explorer is serious that they recommend that you don’t use Internet Explorer until a fix has been released.

But as you know, Microsoft isn’t supporting Windows XP – and as such, Internet Explorer if installed on Windows XP.

So what do you do if you are using Windows XP still?

First though. If you are a basic web surfer and generally access just legitimate sites [such as CNN, TSN, etc.] then the probability of getting hit with this issue is slim [not saying it is zero].

Second though. This won’t be the last time that there is a major vulnerability in Internet Explorer where even the DoHS gets into the game.

Third though. As Microsoft doesn’t support Windows XP, you may not even know of other vulnerabilities that could affect Windows XP.

Fourth though. What do you switch to? No web browser is perfect. The two leading contenders, Google’s Chrome browser and Firefox, aren’t perfect either. Google’s Chrome browser was the most vulnerable web browser in 2013 and 2011 [see the web site of GFI]. Firefox has had its issues as well.

I obviously can’t tell you what to do.

 

PS – Of course you will have the anti-Microsoft zealots saying “Nah, Nah” about Internet Explorer. Some of these are generally the ones who are in favor of open source – as in the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL. Hmmmmm.

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About ebraiter
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One Response to To use Internet Explorer or not to

  1. ebraiter says:

    Firefox recently went to version 29. This version was released to fix over a dozen and a half vulnerabilities with a dozen of them considered critical. While not as nasty as the IE vulnerability it still shows you that no browser is perfect.

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