Renewed calls for alternative browsers

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's been a bad week for many users of Microsoft Corp.'s nearly ubiquitous Internet Explorer browser. A pair of virus attacks exploiting its vulnerabilities had led security experts to recommend that Web surfers consider such alternatives as Mozilla and Opera. Source: CNN A bad week? How about a bad year! Just download Mozilla or Firefox. People won't though, they just cannot ween their self off of their need to use Internet Explorer. I see this in OS X as well. IE is dead on the Mac, not being developed any more. Internet Explorer "is" the internet, just like AOL "is" the internet to so many people. It does not matter that Safari and Firefox are more secure and way faster then Internet Explorer. How do we fix this problem?

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treego14:

Opera is awesome! I love it! The best out there and the Suite of features is awesome!

I can even use Opera IRC to chat with other IM protocols by using public servers of BitlBee.

The keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, etcĶ.. wow!

39 minutes into the show Ķ interview with Opera CEO: http://www.webtalkguys.com/

Also,

http://tntluoma.com/opera/lover/7/
http://www.opera.com/features/
http://nontroppo.org/wiki/WhyOpera

Opera is OK. It used to be standards compliant, however, I have noticed that it seems to be slipping a little.

What would get people to switch... Hmmm. How about all the sites we HAVE to use IE with. My bank is a good example. I can use Firefox to see my account balances, however, if I want to pay bills, I have to switch to IE. I can tell you, it's a little scary doing so with these problems that have been reported lately. We have the Google toolbar on IE to prevent pop-ups, so it's a little safer.

Aside from my bank, there are a few other sites that will not work correctly without IE. Some of Yahoo's game's and PopCap's games require IE. Why I'm not entirely sure, but they do. Isn't ActiveX available in Mozilla/Firefox? How am I able to see PDF files if it isn't?

As far as Mozilla/Firefox being more secure... That has yet to be proven to me. Just like the arguments that OS X and Linux is more secure than Windows, it's hard to prove this since they are not used by a majority of the population. In the webserver world Linux is, and it's attacked much more than Windows is.

I am not an Opera fan. But I use another browser that no one uses too. I use OmniWeb. It [now] WebCore and WebKit (same as Safari) and beta 5 already handless RSS feeds, not to mention a slew of other features I just LOVE. It is slow as molasses to start up though in comparison to Safari.

I hear ya on the banking sites. But if you enable the debug menu in Safari, you can change the User Agent to Win/IE 6, and when I do that I can do all my banking activities in Safari. OmniWeb has a similar User Agent switch, only it takes it a bit further, as you can setup "site preferences" which are like preference profiles per domain.

Brian Woodward:

I recently started using Firefox. I don't miss IE at all. I think what got me hooked was that I didn't have to transfer all my bookmarks.

Of course, I did notice differences in pages with JavaScript, and that's probably my fault for not learning enough about cross browser programming with JavaScript.

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