Recently, I've run across all of the contraversy about Internet Explorer's supposed hole-filled security. Now, I won't say that it is completely secure. I understand that with ActiveX controls and other such things, there is some risk if precautions are not taken. However, I don't understand the vitiolic hate that IE has gotten recently. I've been using IE for years with nary a problem. So I ask, is IE safe? I take security very seriously. I don't run unsigned ActiveX controls or componants not signed by AuthentiCode. I have high cookie security settings, and I try to browse responsibly. I also have a robust firewall and AV program. So what is the risk? I love Internex Explorer, and I don't want to switch browsers if I don't have to.
Wikipedia lists ominous figures about the supposed unpatched flaws in IE. 25 for IE8. It doesn't go into any more detail about the nature and actual usefulness of these supposed holes.
There seems to be two sides to this issue, those who say to dump IE immedietly because it is the scum of the earth, and those who say that yes, there are risks; with a 90 percent market share, IE is widely used and therefore more often targeted, but they say that actually utilizing the security features and browsing smartly negates most if not all of these supposed threats, not to mention keeping up on the latest patches and updates through Automatic Updates. No software is safe, but with the proper steps, these risks can be mitigated.
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Peace out and God bless.