I know that Firefox protects n all, but my brother got to wondering why... and I can't explain it. Please, someone, explain for me!
I ADMIT IT! FF :0wned: ME!
Do you want to know the advantages of Firefox over other browers such as IE?
Well, they are obviously the same tool. It is just about small things that make one better than the other. They both have their pro's and con's.
I use Firefox, mainly because it tends to block alot more unwanted stuff, popups, malicious software, etc. Also, the plugins are awesome I hear (I don't use any)...
But Firefox 1.5 has some in-stability issues.
Ah well, it is up to you, to decide.
To put it simply, Firefox is NOT Internet Explorer. That is why it "protects".
Most of the spyware, and ad-ware, and pop-up scripts are written to take advantage of flaws in Internet Explorer. What makes this worse, is that Internet Explorer has been made a part of Windows. So flaws in IE are flaws in Windows, and can bring down you whole computer. ESPECIALLY if you use Norton software.
Mozilla Firefox is a completely different program, so a lot of those exploits do no work on the Mozilla/Netscape family. (Netscape originally designed, and funded Mozilla)
Another advantage is that Firefox is not Windows. It is not built into Windows, it hardly uses any Windows code. This decreases the chance that a Internet Explorer exploit will affect Firefox. And any Firefox exploits are less likely to bring down the whole computer.
Security Through Obscurity. Firefox is currently less "popular", or rather less used than Internet Explorer. This means that there are fewer people who care enough to attack Firefox.
Hackers. Firefox is used by a lot of the Microsoft bashing hackers, script kiddies, and crackers. Why would they attack their favorite software? Besides they have a grudge against Microsoft, not Mozilla. When I make this statement, it cannot be accurately backed up with facts. So don't take my word for it.
So... if IE popularity significantly dropped enough (say... 70% people used FF) wouldn't we all want to switch to something else because the hackers would be aiming for FF?
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27th January 2004
Yes, that's correct, Denton. Firefox is gaining enough popularity for me to consider switching to something else like Opera, but Opera doesn't have extensions that I love in Firefox so I still use Firefox.
It is a possibility that we would be recommended to switch, but I doubt it. If we do, then people will be able to switch more easily, having learned the conecept of a "browser".
Anyway, that brings up the point, that application diversity is for your benefit, as opposed to being a bad thing. If half the people use IE, and half use Firefox, then there is a 50/50 chance of an attack being successfull. Now, if we divide the market evenly between Firefox, IE, and Opera, then add protection software, and there is a significantly lower chance of getting hacked. Then most attacks will fail, and there will be a sharp decrease in software vulnerability.
Besides, there are still those other things to deal with, such as it NOT being integrated.
Since Firefox is not integrated, the gains from going after it will be less than IE. What could be possible is trying to get at the saved password information, and site history.
Should that happen, the Mozilla developers will have an update available within a couple of days. Firefox 1.5 now has Automatic Updates, so that takes away the last real advantage IE6 has.
The Mozilla developers have shown a history of fixing vulnerabilities in a timely fashion. Which seems to be faster than IE, with their "periodic" release schedule. The bug will get fixed, but it will not be available until the updates are released a week or two later. Mozilla releases the fix as soon as it is finished.
I run IE sometimes because FF won't do what I want it to do like it won't stream video [I looked at the plugins], and sometimes it doesn't recgonize internet addresses. But FF is better because [IMO, of course] it blocks out like all popups. I get dozens when I visit some sites [not pr0n], but with FF, I get like 1 at the max. FF isn't perfect, but it's very good.
Firefox runs great, IE is faster when rendering, I'll admit that, but safety wise and feature wise Firefox is great. I use to hate Firefox and only used Mozilla 1.7.X for the longest time but when Firefox finally gotten better (with its 126.96.36.199 release) I started to use it again.
Iv tried out and still have installed, IE7 beta 2. Its a lot better than IE6, more like 90X better than IE6 but it still has some trouble rendering web pages and some plugins don't work right, like Flash. But I still like Firefox better than it because tabs in Firefox work better, extensions, themes, and still better security features. Plus Firefox uses less system resources than IE.
Correct me if I'm wrong here, but doesn't IE have some back doors that MS made to collect info, but thes "doors" can be accessed by a hacker who knows what he's doing?
One thing I love about FF is the tabbed browsing. It only takes up one bar on the taskbar, and You can easily switch betweeen numerous windows. You can also easily change the look of the program, or make your own since it's open source. The search toolbar is pretty useful too, you can go look for other search egines to add as well.
There goes my not-very-technically-advanced reasons I use FF
Homer GonersonCorrect me if I'm wrong here, but doesn't IE have some back doors that MS made to collect info, but thes "doors" can be accessed by a hacker who knows what he's doing?
That is called a Conspiracy Theory.
Paranoid freaks all over the world (mostly in the US), have claimed that Microsoft does include "Back Doors" in all of its software, on purpose. They claim that the exploit used by the Blaster Worm/Virus a few years ago, took advantage of just such a back door.
These people are often ignored, and/or called paranoid. No major security company has made such claims.