Firefox or Internet Explorer....which browser is more secure?
I never thought I would be "promoting" another web browser besides Internet Explorer, but I am beginning to enjoy using the Firefox Browser from Mozilla. Reading some of the details related to the browser, I've decided to post about the main security features available for Firefox. I've been using the Mozilla browser now for the past few weeks and I absolutely love it.
Besides the following security features, this browser seems to be must faster loading pages over Internet Explorer.
At the end of this post, there will be a section available to download and install Firefox if you choose to test it out which is another great feature, you can have more than one browser installed on your PC and it does not interfere with each other. Infact, you can import your IE favorites and homepage if you would like to instead of manually adding all the favorites again.
Firefox’s pop-up blocker notifies you when pop-ups are blocked via the information bar or icon on the lower right of the screen.
Protection from Phishing
Phishing Protection takes Firefox’s security to a new level, helping to safeguard your financial information and protect you from identity theft. When you encounter a Web site that is a suspected forgery (known as a “phishing” site) Firefox will warn you and offer to take you to a search page so you can find the real Web site you were looking for.
Open Source, More Secure
At the heart of Firefox is an open source development process driven by thousands of passionate, experienced developers and security experts spread all over the world. Our openness and active community of experts helps to ensure our products are more secure and updated quickly, while also enabling us to take advantage of the best third party security scanning and evaluation tools to further bolster overall security.
Firefox’s update system always checks to see if you’re running the latest version, and notifies you when a security update is available. These security updates are small (usually 200KB - 700KB), giving you only what you need and making the security update quick to download and install. The automated update system provides updates for Firefox on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in over 40 different languages.
Protection from Spyware
We talked about the Top 10 Reasons to Hate Spyware the other day. Firefox will not allow a Web site to download, install, or run programs on your computer without your explicit agreement. Period. You will be notified whenever downloading or installing software, and Firefox will always tell you what’s happening so that you can stay in control of your computer.
Clear Private Data
Firefox offers the ability to clear all your private Web browsing data with just one click with the “Clear Private Data” tool. You can be confident that when you clear your private data in Firefox it’s gone - whether you are using your own computer or one at the library.
So there you have it......Firefox is now my new Web Browser of choice. I will keep everyone posted on my use of Firefox since sometimes people are reluctant to switch if they are not too sure about computer related topics. Browsing the Internet securely is more important to me than using the "default" browser installed in my PC.
Firefox can be downloaded on RChase Computer Consulting. Click the button located in the left column of this website.