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Use Internet Explorer
Is Internet Explorer the toilet paper stuck to the back of your pants as you walk into the meeting?
It’s one of those things that eventually one finds themselves pulled aside by their friend and the truth gets shared…
When it comes to safety, web standard support, non-proprietary development, and feature-rich toolset… the verdict is not in favor of Internet Explorer.
Security does not mean that you can not get infected if you click things you should not but rather helps prevent stealth infections and hijacking of your browser that would put you at infection risk even if you “played safe”.
Monday, Microsoft was again forced to issue an announcement of a CRITICAL security flaw in Internet Explorer, and experts again were asking why we have not managed to get the word out far enough that it’s just not a good browser!
Saw your post on your other page about a more secure browser. This is one of those things I *should* know how to do but in the effort to not royally screw it up, could you help me out?
What should I be using and how do I get that?
An Awesome Just Ask Kim Reader
Internet explorer is known for repeated huge security holes (and has a lot to do with the high rate of infections by viruses and malware out there although it is by no means the only reason).
Selecting a secure browser is an important step in protecting your PC from infections and exploits.
You have two other high quality options to try out:
Firefox http://getfirefox.com/ This one is my favorite due to the amount of add-ons and tools available that make marketers lives easier, however Chrome is very quickly maturing so many now disagree. Firefox has a very stable development base and pays attention to security and Chrome is probably six months to a year out from having quite as many features … however, Chrome is often faster. Firefox out of the fast and stable but often its blessing (its ability to run so many addons and gain so many features) is also its curse in that these (like plugins on WordPress) slow it down.
Chrome http://chrome.google.com/ is Google’s recent arrival to the browser options and is fast, lightweight and many really like it. There’s some tools Firefox has that it does not yet have but that is changing rapidly. Again can suffer under its own blessing of add-ons, but likewise these are important for our business. (I really dislike the lack of integrated RSS page in Chrome that makes it appear as though an RSS link is broken rather than letting a reader easily subscribe.)
It’s worth noting that both browsers have been plagued by some problems with the flash player add-on the last couple weeks which appears to not be their fault but has made both seem rather crash-happy at times.
I’d try them both and see which you prefer after a couple weeks… and then let that one become the default browser, so that nothing accidentally opens with Internet Explorer.
This simple change alone will drastically decrease the amount of “nasties” you pick up around the internet and keep your pc and data safer.
Two Honorable Mentions:
There is also Opera http://www.opera.com/ which some people love and there is some reasons to like, but at the same time its missing so many of the “toys” that can make the lives of those of us working in social media easier. Because of this many eventually put it aside in favor of one of the other two. Opera is also loved by those on slow internet connects (for its turbo mode) and those on bandwidth limited connections for certain tools it has to help limit its bandwidth consumption. I’ve switched to Opera twice and returned from it twice, I need the “bells and whistles” (addons/extensions) that one of the prior two options provide.
Another honorable mention for the Mac folks would be Safari http://www.apple.com/safari/although I’ve not at all be a fan of its quirks when it comes to web standards and I do not personally feel it is as feature rich as Firefox and Chrome. Many people feel that its native development on the Mac makes it one of the most stable choices for Mac fans. I do *not* have enough experience researching this browser to say how much attention has been paid to security concerns such as cross-site scripting attacks etc (which are browser/web issues). I run Firefox on my Mac laptop as well.
So there you have it in a nutshell. While staying mostly out of the “browser wars”, a look at alternatives available to business owners wishing to protect themselves and their computers.
When it comes to the big two, you really can’t go “wrong” as any deficiencies are quickly being made up for with add-ons and extensions. Firefox currently has a richer feature set and Chrome currently has speed and lithe going for it yet they are essentially “neck and neck” in this race.
Which ever one you pick, it IS important to get away from Internet Explorer as much as possible and these choices make that move easy.
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