Mimi's Kids Tell Her To Use Firefox
Instead of I.E.
My kids keep telling me we should use Mozilla instead of IE. I looked at it
and can't figure out if it's any better or not. What is your opinion?
Many folks are under the mistaken impression still that Firefox is the "safe
browser". We've covered this before so we won't go into excessive details here
(whew!) but suffice it to say that there have been more critical security flaws discovered
in Firefox in the past year than there have been discovered in Internet Explorer. There's
a general misconception that Internet Explorer is unsafe and Firefox is safe. The truth is
the neither is completely safe. No software program is and none can make that claim. If
you're being advised to install Firefox because it's safer than Internet Explorer, you
have been ill-advised. In fact as this is being written there has been another highly
critical vulnerability in Firefox which has not yet been patched. Charles McAuley has
reported a vulnerability in Firefox, which can be exploited by malicious people to trick
users into disclosing sensitive information. (For
details see this page.)
Some folks swear that Firefox is faster than
Internet Explorer. Our own tests and use of Firefox and comparisons of page-load times
shows little difference between the two. Other tests online show the same kinds of
results. If you're want Firefox because someone told you it's faster, you'd be
disappointed because you won't notice much difference.
The single biggest thing Firefox has going for
it is that it is not made my Microsoft. Period. It's a nice browser. If you liked tabbed
browsing (which TC does not, EB does), Firefox offers tabbed browsing right now. You'll
have to wait until Internet Explorer 7 comes out to get this "feature" in it. A
reminder: Don't download the Beta of IE 7 unless you have two computers. NEVER put beta
software on your main computer. If you want tabbed browsing now and your tempted to
download Internet Explorer 7 just to get tabbed browsing, then download Firefox instead.
Internet Explorer 7 is not yet ready for primetime. We've been using it for a few months
and we can tell you that it has a long way to go before it's ready for general release.
We're sure that many "experts" would disagree, but we're telling you the way we
Finally, we think everyone should try Firefox
and keep it as a secondary browser. Use it occasionally and see how you like it. We'd
strongly urge you not to make it your default browser, not only because certain Web sites
don't work with it (like some banking, gaming and financial sites) but because other
programs on your computer which depend on Internet Explorer may not work right either once
you've changed the default browser. So there's more to be considered here than just mere
preference. Internet Explorer and Firefox coexist nicely on the same computer and
downloading and installing Firefox won't affect other programs on your computer unless you
choose to make it the default browser. Keep that in mind when installing Firefox -you'll
be asked to make it your default browser. We suggest you say no.
We hope this helps you make an informed decision!