December 24, 2008 at 7:22 am #28429
If you use Firefox, there are a wealth of addons available online. You can personalise Firefox so much, it can look like a completely different thing! Available from the Mozilla site, my personal favourite addon is SpeedDial.
December 24, 2008 at 8:49 pm #30590BearParticipant
How right you are dak, I particularly like the last line of your post
The nature of open source stuff like Firefox is that anyone can access the code, anyone can submit addons for it, and there are millions of geeks worldwide competing with each other to come up with the perfect addon Smiley Internet Explorer, Apple Safari or anyone else will never compete with this adaptability!
The day's of having limited choices of not only your operating system but also of what type of programs you could use are long gone. Gone are the day's of shelling out your hard earned money for what should have been included in the operating system at no extra cost.The Windows operating system has been steadily loosing ground during the past few years. Windows rush to catch up and failure can clearly be seen in the number of issueswith Windows XP and now Vista.For those of you that are not aware Windows Vista will have the shortest life of all the Windows operating systems with the release in November 2009 of Windows 7There of course have been reports that Windows 7 is an upgrade to Vista and will be released according to the stability of the currentDecember 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm #30591DSTMParticipant
No Browser is safe,from Malware attacks,including FireFox.http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20081204/tc_pcworld/firefoxuserstargetedbyrarepieceofmalwareDecember 25, 2008 at 5:48 pm #30592
That is certainly true, you wont get any argument from me there. I dont think I said any different though. If you mean my statement about these addons being safe to use, I'll stand by that. I only get addons from the mozilla site, and they are all examined thoroughly to ensure they arent harmful long before they are available on the site.All browsers are vulnerable to malware, as is any other form of computer code. It's the nature of the beast. Binary code is just a bunch of on/off switches when it comes down to it. It only takes a single switch to be altered somewhere to create a lot of damage. You can reduce your risks though, and in the world of Windows operating systems, Firefox is your least vulnerable option. Its source code is simply better written. Internet Explorer in particular has been proven over and over to have major security holes. You would think that after many years of IE, and some years now of IE7, that it would be pretty unlikely there would be a worldwide alert such as the one we experienced just last week.From a personal viewpoint, I find Firefox faster, more reliable, and there is a wealth of additions and personalisations I can apply to it quite safely from the mozilla site. I use and recommend it 🙂
December 25, 2008 at 8:30 pm #30593December 26, 2008 at 12:12 am #30594
Yes, its an interesting article. I am not in a position to dispute the details, though I intend to do some research. I can offer two immediate observations though…I use all of the major browsers regularly. There are times on game sites when I wish to use more than one account at once, and due to the actions of cookies, its not normally possible to do this with the same browser, so I often have multiple windows open, each using a different browser. Regardless of what the article says, its clear to me that I have less crashes, better response time and a far more seamless approach to most things I do using Firefox than with the other browsers. An example is some strange behaviours i have noticed with the way java operates within Google Chrome and Windows Safari, something that becomes very obvious on my java based game site. On the same site, Explorer freezes on a painfully regular basis, whereas Firefox seems pretty much trouble free. Despite the article's claims that Firefox has just as many security issues, it hasn't appeared to cause any problems for me. Explorer most certainly has. I have come across bugs in addons too, but not malicious code, just bad or insufficiently developed code. Malicious code certainly exists for Firefox too, but its far less prevalent than in IE, and I have never run into a problem personally.The second observation I can make is that the article is heavily biased towards Opera. I will of course do more research now and get other opinions, but it seems to me that its just as easy to find faults with Opera, IE, Safari, Chrome or any other browser you want to name. It just depends which way you want to bias your article. The writer of the article is an Opera user, without a doubt.You can trawl the net and find a million bits of info on just about anything. Half of the 'facts' you discover will be in direct conflict with the other half! I am not saying that this article is not correct, just that you have to measure all you read with a certain amount of skepticism.It's been my experience that Firefox is the best all round package as a browser. Others will disagree. The bottom line is that whatever suits you, and works best for you, is the best choice. That is why there are multiple browsers available. Thats why some cars come with automatic gearboxes and some come with manual.Its all a matter of choice and personal preference. My biggest bugbear regarding the opinions people form is that its very hard to judge Firefox, Opera, Safari or any other if the only thing you use is IE. Try them all, see what works best for you. Firefox is best for me, and the Java sites I visit. Your needs and preferences may be different.Its still my opinion that Firefox is the best all round package. I'll still use and recommend it unless my research convinces me otherwise... 🙂
December 26, 2008 at 8:19 am #30595DSTMParticipant
Hi dak,When you posted with the words, “You should be using FireFox” It prompted me to reply,with my post saying,no Browser is safe.I use 1E7,Opera, and Firefox.My favourite is OPERA, as it is the most complete, and user friendly Browser,right off the shelf. IMO.Opera comes with a lot of add-ons, already built in.FireFox has just copied Opera's Speed Dial. I set up FF speed Dial, and found it much more awkward, than Opera's,to set up.I honestly think FireFox, is over rated, for what it is.Each to their own.December 26, 2008 at 9:21 am #30596
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