Wednesday, September 08, 2010

You're Still Using Internet Explorer ... Why?

This is far from the first time we've heard a story like this: "Microsoft investigates years-old IE bug."

The gist: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera all had it, too. They have all patched it. Microsoft is "looking into it." And only after the security researcher who discovered the bug went public, after finding he was "unsuccessful in persuading the vendor to issue a fix."


Substance McGravitas said...

The bug can allow hackers to hijack Web mail accounts, steal data and send illicit tweets


Brendan said...

Heh. But there are a couple of serious things here. First, if you're a person of some reputation in mainstream society, this could be a problem. Second, a security hole is a security hole -- once one has been shown to exist, other vermin start figuring out how to wiggle through it.

rishigajria said...


At my work there are several databases that have to be accessed online that can only be done through Internet Explorer. Same for my friend at college. He cannot access any school pages if internet explorer is not the browser. I use Google Chrome most of the time with Firefox as back up.

Brendan said...

Yes, I can understand that some legacy intranet systems still require IE. And I have to say, the OS-access privileges Microsoft built into IE are handy for a few things, like system diagnostics that Windows Update and PC manufacturers offer.

But I really believe people should reserve IE for these limited purposes, and not use it for general surfing.