I mean, seriously. Internet Explorer is full of security holes and has to be updated regularly to keep people's data from being stolen and viruses (virii?) from infecting their computers. The latest (and supposedly greatest) version was hacked less than 24 hours after it had been officially released:
Just yesterday Microsoft announced the latest, safest and coolest new version of Explorer. According to Steve Ballmer Explorer “gets people to the information they need, fast, and provides protection that no other browser can match.”
Is that so?
My original plan was start a countdown here until the first reports of Explorer 8 vulnerabilities. Life is stranger than fiction, again, as Explorer 8 has been shown to be vulnerable to hacking attacks within less than 24 hours after its release. ZDnet reports how a hacker named Nils ‘performed a clean drive-by download attack against the world’s most widely used browser to take full control of a Sony Vaio machine running Windows 7′ at the CanSecWest Pwn2Own content. the same hacker also managed to hack into Safari and Firefox.
The exploit that ‘Nils’ used is not published and Microsoft’s Security team was there to witness the whole thing. Expect an update soon.
Source: The Next Web
I quit using Internet Explorer as my primary browser in late 2005 and switched to Mozilla Firefox, and have been using it as my primary browser since then. Right now, I probably use Google Chrome as much as I use Firefox because it is so much faster and uses way less memory and plays video more reliably than Firefox...although Shockwave still crashes far to often in Chrome for my taste.
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And, if you watch video online...download the Miro Video Player.