IE security hole roundup

US-CERT: Beware of IE

The U.S. government’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is warning Web surfers to stop using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser.

Microsoft security flaws renew calls for alternative Web browsers

Continuing to use Internet Explorer is “like playing the lottery,” said Johannes B. Ullrich, chief technology officer of the nonprofit SANS Internet Security Center.

Security risks swell for Microsoft’s Explorer

Using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser to surf the Internet has become a marked risk — even with the latest security patches installed.

U.S. Steers Consumers Away From IE

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team touched off a storm this week when it recommended for security reasons using browsers other than Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer.

This concludes today’s public service announcement.


penance_ says:

but list some options, Sparky!!! I am not knowing… (Besides Opera)

kchrist says:

There is Opera, although I don’t care for it myself.

The best options in my opinion are Mozilla and Firefox.

They’re both based on Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine, which is the most up-to-date and standards-compliant HTML renderer available. Both also give you pop-up window blocking and tabbed windows, and both are extremely customizable. There are a ton of optional extensions available for all sorts of added functionality. My personal favorites are AdBlock, which blocks ads based on pattern matching, and FlashBlock, which replaces embedded Flash (animations, banner ads, etc) with a button giving you the option to play it or not. These two, combined with the pop-up blocking, actually make the web usable again.