The major press outlets are abuzz this morning with news of a major new security flaw that affects all versions of Internet Explorer from IE5 to the latest beta of IE8. The attack has serious and far-reaching ramifications — and they’re not just theoretical attacks. In fact, the flaw is already in wide use as a tool to steal online game passwords, with some 10,000 websites infected with the code needed to take advantage of the hole in IE.
Internet Explorer might be a built-in functionality in Microsoft but that is no reason to say that it is Stable and Secure. There are alternatives that offer these 2 S’s and you can have them for free. You have Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari. In addition to more security and peace of mind, a switch to another application provides you with better performing browser. I for one, highly recommend Firefox, because of the varied range of customizations (add-ons) that can be use for free. There is also Opera which provides built-in features like a download manager and page refresher. While Google’s Chrome currently boasts of better resource use, which is very useful for those people who are voracious tab users. I can’t say anything much for Safari though except that it would be great news for Mac lovers since they now have the option to use it on their PC too. Don’t limit yourself. Give these alternatives a try.