Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Spread Firefox

I recently joined the movement of the open sourced web browser that is the greatest thing sinced sliced bread. No but really, opinions aside I am tring to help those who are trying to help others by creating a bettter web browser. You may be aware that the the U.S. government's Computer Emergency Readiness Team is warning Web surfers to stop using Interner Explorer and switch to other browsers. According to them, the available security updates still leave too many security flaws and allow spyware and viruses to get onto a computer and even steal credit card numbers. The continuous updates for Internet Explorer are often difficult and time consuming to install on many computers. Updates for Firefox are small and infrequent and can be set to download automatically. According to www.secunia.com, an independent security monitoring organization, Firefox currently has no outstanding security issues, out of a total of 13 security advisories in the last two years. None of these were labeled "extremely critical" and 2 were labeled "highly critical". Currently, Secunia lists 18 outstanding security issues out of 69 advisories for Internet Explorer 6.0 in the last two years, 15% of which were labeled "extremely critical" and 30%, "highly critical". If you aren't using Windows XP and haven't been able to download Service Pack 2, there are even more outstanding security issues which viruses can use to enter your network. It's no surprise The Washington Post reported, "Firefox leaves no reason to endure Internet Explorer". According to http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp, Firefox is used for almost 20% of page views on the Internet and this is increasing by around 1.5% every month. It was downloaded 5 million times in a fortnight from www.mozilla.org and received reviews such as "The browser is an absolute joy to use — smart, fast and very user-friendly. Once you try Firefox you'll wonder why anyone uses any other web browser." from Wired Magazine. Settings can be locked on a network and proxies are easy to manage. Features such as tabbed browsing, search bar, pop-up blocking, live bookmarks, mouse gestures and very fast page downloading greatly increase the efficiency of web surfing. I invite you to read about these and other features and try out this excellent piece of software for yourself atGet Firefox!

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