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Windows 7: Will switching from Internet Explorer make you safer?

24 Jan 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
I think if you use MSE, Malwarebytes, a good Firewall and most of all common sense,

you will be safe. Is IE8 less secure than some of the other, maybe so, but does not

make much difference if you use the above for security.
It's not common sense that is needed, but caution & a healthy dose of suspicion.
Agreed, but often you cannot control that. The other day I downloaded an absolutely benign program from Broderbund (a reputable site). Some trojan was trailing the download (must be like the subs were trailing ships thru the minefields in WWII). But MSE caught the trojan.
Lesson learned: Even with common sense and careful behavior, it pays to have the best defenses available.


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24 Jan 2010   #12
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
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January 22nd, 2010

Will switching from Internet Explorer make you safer?

Posted by Ed Bott @ 3:47 am

The panic over this monthís wave of targeted, zero-day attacks against Google, Adobe, and other companies is over. Microsoft has released a security update for Internet Explorer that patches the underlying vulnerabilities, and everyone can breathe a sigh of relief.

But what does this episode say about Internet Explorer? Iíve seen several pundits argue that Internet Explorer is inherently unsafe. I think theyíre overreacting. Yes, there is a case to be made for using a different browser, especially one with a lower market share that is targeted less frequently than Internet Explorer. (And if youíre too impatient to read this entire post, then skip to the last page for that discussion.) But itís also true that switching browsers is a small part of a comprehensive, defense-in-depth security strategy.

One thingís for certain: Changing browsers isnít a magic bullet, and it might not have made a difference in this case, as I explain in this post.
Rest of 5 page blog at: Will switching from Internet Explorer make you safer? | Ed Bottís Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com
Fantastic read, thanks
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24 Jan 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Ed Bott is always right on target. Good find Night Hawk.
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24 Jan 2010   #14
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Ed Bott is always right on target. Good find Night Hawk.
Agreed, no (security) pun intended Lol. Yes, he's got a nice writing style too; always an enjoyable and educational read. Everybody: make sure to have read if you have the time
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24 Jan 2010   #15
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

He's one of the main contributers at ZD Net there for various reports abd blogs, reviews on things. I see that name quite a bit when going through the "Latest" daily at that site. He provides a good amount of detail for things he writes there to note.

Getting winged by a bug while at an apparently "clean" site? This is what happened when simply clicking on the green checked marked Bing search results and "surprize"!

It never hurts to be a little overprotective at times to say the least. This is why having some additional layer of IE security will do more to help in keeping bugs off in the first place. When you hit a bad site alarm bells sound off giving you a chance to say: "I'm out of here!" .............zzzzzzzzzoom!!!
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