Casual users might not notice much difference between Firefox 2.0 and
IE 7.0. But with continued use, the advantages of Firefox
become increasingly evident. This is especially true for
people who take the initiative to install a lot of extensions.
What is less obvious, is that Firefox still has the advantage in
security, as confirmed by a recent report:
The Better Phisher Fighter
By Jay Lyman
11/16/06 4:00 AM PT
Mozilla and Microsoft are duking it out over which of their browsers —
Firefox or Internet Explorer — is better at alerting users to possible
phishing attacks. Mozilla has fired the latest salvo, with a report
from a software testing company showing that Firefox blocked more
phishing sites than IE…
Both browsers use different methods of detecting phishing sites. During
testing, Firefox 2.0 blocked 79 percent of phishing sites using its
regularly updated, built-in list of malicious Web addresses, and 82
percent using Google’s list.
IE7 blocked 66 percent of phishing sites using the browser’s auto check
feature, which confirms or denies malicious sites based on information
contained in a Microsoft database. With auto check turned off, IE7
blocked only 1.5 percent of phishing sites listed in the database….
So, are people enthusiastic about Firefox?
Yeah, I’d say there is some enthusiasm there. (HT: eighty-eight
miles per hour)