Forget the patches and repairs
Time to get rid of Internet Explorer
Once more the chinks in Microsoft’s armour have been cruelly exposed after a large scale hacking of Google and Google Mail and some journalists have at last found out that Internet Explorer is really not all that secure. The French and German governments have even advised that people should not use it but look for alternatives, there has been no so such advice from our own government, probably because they have been tied up in so many big money deals with Microsoft Corporation, their products have become the virtual norm in public life, yet I can remember many years ago when South Tyneside College first started experimenting with an internet cafe, and our library services in South Shields first got their hands on an internet connection that they used the old Netscape Navigator browser, what made them move back towards Internet Explorer?
As the world’s market leader in browsers it has become the No.1 target for hackers, script kiddies, crooks, phishers, and large scale Chinese infiltrations it really is time to put it away folks, the patches and repairs sent out by Microsoft on a monthly basis are no more than wallpaper to cover the cracks, if you have just a little bit of value for your personal security, and personal data, and don’t wish your browsing habits to be on show for the world to know about then get rid of it.
I personally favour Mozilla’s open source Firefox browser which automatically loads security updates and is almost infinitely configurable and customisable, another good alternative is Apple’s Safari browser which is also available for Macs and PCs, there is also Google’s Chrome browser for PCs (which I have not tried).
Wouldn’t it be great if government and local government could persuade all of it’s users to ditch expensive arrangements with Microsoft and switch over to open source software as a great money saver, come on guys, think about it.