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Old 28th August 2007, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Is Firefox As Safe As Internet Explorer?

I installed Firefox b/c for Internet Marketing it's awesome. Then I get an e-mail from our company tech guy that it may be a security threat. How valid is this claim? IE doesn't have add-ons anywhere close to as useful as Firefox, so losing Firefox would be a huge blow.

Anyone have problems with Firefox?

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Old 28th August 2007, 02:30 PM   #2
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Fire your security guy. Firefox is more secure that Internet Explorer, I've never seen a company tell their employees to use IE over Firefox because of security.

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I don't have any problems with Firefox either. I find the add-ons very useful. And I haven't heard any news like what your tech guy tells you.

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Old 29th August 2007, 04:18 AM   #4
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It has nothing to do with the browser you are using. What the Security guy will probably be referring to is that he has set up all the computer browsers a certain way.

Not to accept cookies, block pop ups and things like that.

So he probably means that by installing a program that he hasn't secured that he has no control over what might come down the 'tubes'.

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Ok, in that case the security guy gets to keep his job (lol at detz) but maybe tell him to get on board with firefox also?

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Old 24th September 2007, 01:50 PM   #6

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I happen to agree with detz. If the security guy has some issue with people using more secure applications just because he doesn't have the time (or whatever) to do the job he's being paid to do, well, it's time for him to find another job.

I might not take so harsh a stance if IE didn't have such a horrible security track record. But it does so that whole conversation is moot.

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Old 19th December 2007, 12:54 AM   #7

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Hey bud!!! Firefox is from a COMMUNITY! It's the best. IE crashes. Firefix never does! Even if closes its helps you with restoration!!! What is the security issue!! It's secure! Never worry!

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Sounds like some (your security guy) only know IE. I deal with several companies I work for from time to time who only know how to use features of IE. So I have to keep IE for filing reports on their website as their site can't handle any browser but IE.

There are no security issues of which I am aware. I admit it's not my main function but I have to keep my small universe safe and every problem I ever have always comes from crap getting through IE.

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Old 7th January 2008, 09:46 PM   #9
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Agreeing with Crimson Fox ...

Your company probably has policies that only support certain browsers.

While Firefox is usually "safer" than Internet Explorer because Firefox does not have the level of access into the operating system that Internet Explorer does, there are limits on what your company "security guys" are authorized to support, due to many factors, including their level of support certification and the company's political/economic structure.

Check for information in your company manuals and memos ... they are probably more revealing regarding this issue than any web search will be. Facts do not always drive company policies.

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Old 5th May 2008, 03:25 PM   #10
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Thanks for all your input!! After reviewing all your comments I agree that it's IE being a system that he already knows and Firefox being unfamiliar that makes Firefox a liability... not Firefox being dangerous or unstable. Our security guy is very knowledgeable so I'd never assume he didn't know what he was talking about.

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