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IE or FF? Which is safer?


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brucebrucethedog

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Which is better (or shall I say safer) IE or FF?
I spend alotta time on MySpace & i do alotta image searching.
My conerns are mostly w/MySpace.Ive heard MySpace isnt exzactly the safest place to surf when it comes to phishing & stuff.
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No browser that gets you to where you want to go on the Internet is safe so far as your computer becoming infected with malware is concerned. Just being connected to the Internet without opening a browser will get you infected within 15 minutes. This was proven by PC World magazine which took several new computers right out of the box and connected them to the Internet. All became infected in that period of time.

As to a particular browser being targeted for infection, the least popular browser would be the one to use. :) Firefox is still number two against IE. It is a much better browser in that it meets the latest Web Standards and has a lot of great extensions which help your surfing needs.

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Without meaning to scare you, social networking sites are prime foda at the moment for identity theft. Only needs a few minute public details on Facebook and somebody can trace you and steal your identity in under two hours. Did a very interesting feature on it on Watchdog.
http://www.bbc.co.uk..._20071024.shtml
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I would recommend firefox. It has many features such as being able to download themes and plug-ins. for example ad blocking tools and all kinds of stuff check it out

http://www.mozilla.org/
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While firefox is the superior browser as compared to firefox, no browser protects against phishing. More virus attacks and exploits are designed against IE, but IE does have a built-in phishing filter. MySpace, Facebook, orkut, and all those social networking sites aren't really made for viruses, but rather for social engineering. As Neil pointed out, identity theft is a major issue (the biggest one, if you ask me) associated with networking sites. But no browser can protect against social engineering or identity theft.
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Something worth reading:

Facebook security

Social networking websites are the modern way to keep in touch. Millions of us have joined websites such as MySpace, Facebook and Bebo, where we can keep an eye on what old friends are doing and make new ones. But displaying certain details online may not be safe.


More...

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More virus attacks and exploits are designed against IE, but IE does have a built-in phishing filter.

Firefox 2 or later contains a built-in Phishing Protection feature that warns you of suspected Web forgeries, and offers to take you directly to a search page so you can find the real Web site you were looking for.


Test your Firefox

Should have gotten a false phishing notice triggered.

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the only safe computer is one that's unplugged from the wall, encased in concrete, and burried a mile underground..

it's not the software or the browser that keeps you safe....it's common sense.....you'll get people telling you that firefox is the safest thing out there....well...it could be true for them...but not for everyone....

browsers are more about preference...for some reason...i can't stand firefox...just don't like it at all..never have...but i've got my IE locked down tighter than most people's firefox installs....but that's how i roll
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*Fredil Yupigo agrees with all of the above.
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www.opera.com
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well ive been using FF.Someone told me FF was safer than IE.Then i hear different from other people. I have noticed FF is much faster for me than IE.
I did test my FF & got the warning.However someone was workin on my computer & told me i have phishing "issues" on my computer because of FF but i havent been able to find out what the "issues" are. ive ran & updated my pluthera of anti spyware,adware,malware,virus & all those kinda programs I have & still havent found anything.
Also im fully aware of the identity theft risk im taking. The funny thing is the MySpace account I'm ALWAYS on is actually my dogs! Yes,I did make a myspace for my dog. So i think im pretty safe.
And whats Opera like? Ive heard about it,but Id like to hear some opinions of it please?
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FF and Opera are pretty much neck and neck in security. Opera is a much faster browser according to the benchmarks. You are not getting malware just because of FF. Just being connected to the Internet and surfing can cause downloads of malware you are not even aware of. IE is still ahead in popularity as well as Windows' operating systems, so these will always be the most likely targets of malware. FF does have security issues as do all browsers, but with some of the extensions like NoScript, you can make it safer. Each update of Firefox is not so much a browser update as it is an update of bug fixes and plugging security holes discovered. Make sure you have the latest versions of all browsers as they all update for the same reasons.

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