Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Oct 2006 14:12 UTC
Internet Explorer Recent high-profile security problems with Internet Explorer have done little to dent its market share - or maybe not, according to conflicting reports on web browser use. Web analytics firm reckons that IE's global usage share is 85.85 per cent, an increase of 2.8 per cent since July 2006. Mozilla Firefox's open source browser claims second place with a share of 11.49 per cent, a decrease of 1.44 per cent since July 2006. Apple's Safari claimed 1.61 per cent (down 0.23 per cent), and Opera held 0.69 per cent of the market. However, statistics from websites tools firm Net Applications, cited by Ars Technica, paint a contrasting picture.
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RE[6]: This is randomness but...
by hal2k1 on Sun 15th Oct 2006 11:00 UTC
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//No, you said IE. What difference does the browser make when you're visiting a TRUSTED site but have a keylogger or other malware?

I trust Windows to use when visting my bank site because I know what is on my machine. I only use IE to visit trusted sites and I don't run executables unless they are trusted. //

This is rich. Very rich.

Lets imagine your Windows has "caught" a keylogger (and lets face it, keyloggers are written for Windows, and there are a huge number of Windows installs out there which have "caught" some malware).

OK, with your keylogger running (unknown to you) you visit your banking site. You key in your user identification, your password and maybe some other identifying data ... and the keylogger merrily sends it off to the person who has compromised your machine.

Now that person can visit your banking site, put in the same keys as recorded, and (even if the banking site has some other features), that person is at least 90% of the way to getting access to your bank account.

Once he has access ... that is the end of your bank account contents.

I'm sure you get this bit. The thing is, if you use IE on Windows, that is the very best way to get the keylogger or other malware in the first place. The things to avoid are firstly: using IE, and next: using Windows.

Use Windows but not IE - you are far better off but still at risk because a decent part of IE is actually running in Windows even if you are using another browser. Lets not forget after all that there is malware out there that targets Opera and Firefox, but don't forget when they say that that they actually mean Opera or Firefox running on Windows.

Avoid both Windows and IE and you are almost certainly safe.

//It's only "incredible funny" because you are unable to fathom that some people aren't as incompetent as you when it comes to windows. //


You just posted "I trust Windows to use when visting my bank site" and in the same post claim that I am incompetent? That is a beauty!


In the words of the immortal Bugs Bunny, "what a maroon"!

//Anyway, carry on with your vendetta. //

It isn't a vendetta. I'm just trying to give people a fair warning.

PS: Why don't you listen to the recommendations of America's Homeland Security, if you don't believe me. They say, effectively something along the lines of if you are going to surf the web, then for your security they suggest you use "anything but IE".

Edited 2006-10-15 11:10

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