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IE vs OPERA Browser?

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Las Vegas, Mar 3, 2006.

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  1. Las Vegas

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    If I use the OPERA browser instead if IE, are the safety concerns the same, or differnet?

    By using OPERA, am I by-passing the IE problems?

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  2. brendandonhu

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    Yes, but you should still have an update antivirus program and firewall installed.
     
  3. TOGG

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    Have a look at the vulnerabilities list for IE 6 which is produced by Secunia.com. While it is true that most of the vulnerabilities that remain unpatched have a low criticality rating, they are still there and could, presumably, be the focus of an exploit at some time in the future; http://secunia.com/product/11/

    By contrast, the list for Opera 8 is reassuringly empty!; http://secunia.com/product/4932/ Obviously, this does not mean that Opera is immune to attack, especially if sensible browsing rules are not followed. It just means that nobody has come forward with any evidence of Opera vulnerabilities.

    PS. If you currently have IE6 SP1 (or earlier), you can 'lock down' the Internet zone to ensure that IE is a safe as possible, as it is supposed to remain vulnerable even if not actually in use. I can post a link to a site giving details of the adjustments to make, but, if you are running XP SP2 with IE6 SP2 the information does not apply and I wouldn't want to cause confusion by posting it.
     
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