- Jan 5, 2005
Firefox is a very nice browser with a lot of useful features. Contrary to what many seem to think, we're not against Firefox at all. What we're against is people who install Firefox because they were told it will protect them from every malicious file on the Internet. That is misleading. Firefox is not subject to the same vulnerabilities as Internet Explorer. That does not mean it is without vulnerabilities or flaws. If you download Firefox because you like some of its features, to try something different, or because Internet Explorer is not working correctly for you and you can't seem to fix it, those are good reasons. To download Firefox because you think it will keep you "safe" is not a good reason. Right now, as of this date (02 February 2005) there are currently five unpatched and one partially patched vulnerabilities in Firefox. Some of these have remained unpatched for several months. We're concerned with Firefox's ability to cope with a flood of hackers trying to find and exploit holes in it. As it becomes more and more mainstream it will surely happen. Two of the main programmers of Firefox have been hired by Google. Most of Firefox's staff consist of volunteers. How well these volunteers will cope with a steady stream of exploits over the coming months remains to be seen. Internet Explorer has a lot of vulnerabilities to be sure. But it has been the world's most popular browser for over 5 years. We wonder how many vulnerabilities Firefox will have after 5 years, if it already has six in just over 5 months (since public release of version 1.0)? No one knows, but downloading a browser and believing it will protect you can bring its own dangers with it. Remember: No one browser, no one program, can ever keep you 100% invulnerable to all the nefarious creatures lurking on the Internet. Use common sense, install good anti-virus protection, good anti-spyware programs, and a good firewall. The Internet, despite all of those who try to ruin it, is still a fun and wonderful place.