French cops ditch IE

“The French police force plans to ditch Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as its preferred browser software and replace it with Firefox by the end of the year.”

While I can write/talk about the security advantages of running Firefox over IE, some people do it, like the French police force. IE 7 has not yet proven that it will fix any of the security problems in IE, which as most of us know stem from ActiveX. But, will Microsoft keep Activex? I think yes, and one big reason is that there are numerous, very large, web sites that use it. For now, I suggest you use Firefox. Of course, you already know that because most people who come to this web site already use Firefox (In January 2006):

# 	Hits 			User Agent
1 15284 12.21% Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8) Gecko
2 8256 6.59% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET
3 7481 5.98% iTunes/6.0.1 (Windows; N)
4 6066 4.85% FeedDemon/1.5 (; Microsoft Windows XP
5 4835 3.86% SharpReader/ (.NET CLR 1.1.4322.2032; WinNT 5.1.2600.0
6 4283 3.42% iTunes/6.0.2 (Macintosh; N; PPC)
7 3963 3.17% NetNewsWire/2.0.1 (Mac OS X;
8 3521 2.81% iTunes/6.0.2 (Windows; N)
9 3366 2.69% Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.12)
10 3356 2.68% Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3.4; Linux) KHTML/3.4.3)

So your job now is to spread the word to all those IE users :)

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Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian is currently the Principal Security Evangelist for Eclypsium, focused on firmware and supply chain security awareness. Paul’s passion for firmware security extends back many years to the WRT54G hacking days and reverse engineering firmware on IoT devices for fun. Paul and his long-time podcast co-host Larry Pesce co-authored the book “WRTG54G Ultimate Hacking” in 2007, which fueled the firmware hacking fire even more. Paul has worked in technology and information security for over 20 years, holding various security and engineering roles in a lottery company, university, ISP, independent penetration tester, and security product companies such as Tenable. In 2005 Paul founded Security Weekly, a weekly podcast dedicated to hacking and information security. In 2020 Security Weekly was acquired by the Cyberrisk Alliance. Paul is still the host of one of the longest-running security podcasts, Paul’s Security Weekly, he enjoys coding in Python & telling everyone he uses Linux.

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