Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer

Daniel Miessler explains why users should stop using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. I concur with the article, especially in recommending the use of the Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox browser, which just recently released v0.9. Yes, that is pre-1.0 code, but it will work.

[Hat tip to MozillaZine.]

I still, unfortunately, have need to use IE at work; however, I limit my use of it to known good sites at all times. I don’t have to do the IT support on my work machine, but it behooves me to not have a spyware-filled box, either.


  1. Already updated to the new version. I must say that Firefox has been one of my few forays into alternative browsers that I have ended up happy with. I started off a Netscape guy back in the day, but I eventually made the switch to IE as it was quite a bit faster (or seemed so if my memory is correct). I tried Opera and a few of the Mozilla line along the way and none of them ever seemed good enough to make me want to switch.

    As it stands now, I run Firefox at home and work and am happy with it in both places, except in the case where someone hasn’t coded their page right and it horks. So that fact that IE can’t be uninstalled does have that minor advantage 🙂

  2. Sadly, I have to run IE at work, as much as I’d rather not. IT has our computers locked down pretty tight and there is only certain software that I’m allowed to install without prior written consent, thus the reason you don’t ever see me on ICQ or AIM anymore. 🙁

  3. Well, I tried to take the plunge with FireFox and Thunderbird this morning. The results were, so-so…
    First, bear in mind, that I am a *very* intensive Netscape/Mozilla user. I typically have a Mail window open with 3 different IMAP accounts (one of which uses SSL). I also typically have 2 browser windows open, each with about 9 tabs going. I use Netscape Mail professionally (work e-mail), so proper behavior and a working spell checker and such are a must. I’m presently using Netscape 7.1 in both Linux and Windows, and other than the memory footprint and its improper handling of SSL SMTP, I’m fairly pleased with it.
    I installed FireFox 0.9 and Thunderbird 0.7 for Linux this morning. Right off the bat, I was pleased with the way my browser settings were imported into FireFox. Page rendering looked good. Thunderbird handled my IMAP accounts properly, though the wizard didn’t enter some fields correctly. It actually sent using SSL SMTP correctly, which is a first for a Netscape/Mozilla e-mail client. The spell checker seemed to be DOA, which is probably documented somewhere. Things started to fall apart in FireFox when I started downloading files and trying to install Java and Flash plug-ins. Things became unresponsive real quick, and my old friend, the Netscape Quality Feedback Agent, popped up.
    Like Mozilla of a few years back, the potential looks good but I don’t think it’s quite ready for me yet. I’ll probably check back with the combo again in a few months.

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