IE is too dangerous to keep using

This seems to be the sentiment that is floating around on the web right now. I read about how the US-CERT - an American agency that exists to keep an eye on computer terrorism warned against using IE a couple weeks ago, but now I am seeing more and more articles about this subject matter. On such article by Vaughan-Nichols from eWeek basically says that this [already low quality] browser shouldn’t be at all anymore.

Stephen H. Wildstrom from Business Week Online says that Internet Explorer is just too risky. I can only hope that this if nothing else will help convince web users that they need to get their heads out of the sand and take a look at reality.

Fortunately I believe that some people are coming around, Opera Software says that sales of their browser have tripled in the past two to three weeks and Mozilla reports up to 200,000 downloads a day now of their Firefox and Mozilla browsers.

If you want to switch to a new browser, but don’t know how to get started, try this article about switching to Firefox. And while I have been a large supporter of Opera, I acknowledge that the browser is much more advanced than what people are used to - and as such they have responded with skins to ‘dumb’ it down to look and behave like other browsers.

Update: July 13, 2004 - 16:10 Apparently there have been 4 new IE vulnerabilities reported - I also heard that 9 critical patches are on the way, but we all know how reliable Microsoft patches are, and how timely.

Written by Colin Bate