Update….The Insecurities of Internet Exploder and more..

Ok as you may have noticed…or some of the less observant amongst you may not..I have added some stuff.

A new sexy header ^^ (For the non tech, that means 2 arrows pointing up, so look to the top of the page), which I intended to do from the start…but had neither the software nor time.

I’ve filled in the contact page[/url] with some ways to stalk me, so if you want to abuse me feel free to do so via the contact form.

I’ve added a powered by section in the footer, so you can see all the geeky kind of things I’m using to build this site. I use TextPad[/url] mostly for editing stuff, FileZilla[/url] for my FTP client, PaintShop Pro for graphical manipulation and the almighty browser FireFox[/url] for well…browsing duh..

Ok well here goes a semi-rant.


Ok that being said…it’s slow, it renders HTML incorrectly (MS once again have effectively defined their own standards…”Oh look a missing closing tag, nevermind we’ll render it correctly anyway, we know what they meant”)…You may think this seems like a good thing, but trust me it’s not, it means people can be sloppy and get away with it, they don’t have to care “IE will render it fine”, it crashes a lot, it’s fat and it’s the number 1 target for Spyware.

One of my students yesterday complained about having a TeenXXX dialer shortcut on her desktop she couldn’t get rid of, so I quickly cleaned her machine with my trust SpyBot S&D and explained patiently to her why she had so much spyware (60+) whilst no one else had any.

If you have problems with Spyware I suggest the following:

[list][*]Download and Install Ad-Aware[/url], update it and run a full scan
[*]Download and Install SpyBot S&D update, immunize and run a full scan
[*]If you are still infected grab HiJackThis![/url] and post your log here: SFDC HJT Logs[/list]After this you should be cool.


Ok that being said…FireFox[/url] is great, tabbed browsing is great, the Bookmarks Toolbar is great, the huge amount of extensions[/url] are even greater…and it’s FREE and it’s OPEN SOURCE

IE has also had SO many major insecurities it’s not even funny…this also bust Outlook Express and Outlook wide open as they use the same HTML rendering engine.

If you want to know more details about the insecurity of IE you can read HERE.

If you do have to use IE, make sure it’s patched to the hilt and you apply some of the 3rd party stuff to make it a bit better (Google Toolbar[/url] for example), or even use one of the better versions of IE such as MyIE2.




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7 Responses to Update….The Insecurities of Internet Exploder and more..

  1. suanie November 9, 2004 at 2:33 am #

    oh yeah FF rawks in case you didn’t notice I do too..

  2. chia November 10, 2004 at 10:06 pm #

    Dont forget Opera. 😀

  3. ShaolinTiger November 10, 2004 at 11:17 pm #

    Hehe I used to use Opera…long ago, but it became a bit fat and bloated and I found it getting slower and slower..also the more complex something becomes the slower it becomes..

    Opera fell foul to a lot of vulnerabilities too.

  4. paul tan November 10, 2004 at 11:18 pm #

    MyIE2 won’t help… it’s usign the same html engine

  5. ShaolinTiger November 10, 2004 at 11:38 pm #

    Heh I meant better feature wise, security wise it can’t be better unless you use a different rendering engine as you mention..

  6. RolandD November 12, 2004 at 2:00 am #

    Do not forget the CWShredder which can also be useful 😉

    For OE replacement look for Thunderbird 😉

  7. dS November 24, 2004 at 2:57 am #

    use avant. IE based, but has all the features of opera, ff and the likes.