Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Firefox 2.0 Released

Firefox 2.0, the long-anticipated update to the 1.5 series has come. While it's not as big an improvement as the the previous major release, it does have a number of great new features. It has better tab-browsing control and a resume feature. If you open the same three or four windows at the start of each day, this feature can save you a lot of time. And it's not in the IE 7 browser. I did find a small bug with the history window, but I'm not sure if that was due to a bad install or a real problem. As usual, test out a major new release before moving it into general use.

Is Firefox more secure than IE 7? That' s a common question. IE 7 is much better than IE 6. IE 7 can be as secure as Firefox if you put all Internet sites into the highly secure mode and only put the sites you know to be safe into the trusted mode. But most people don't know about this feature. Out of the box, so to speak, Firefox is safer because is does not use the dangerous active scripting system and because fewer hackers target Firefox. The key to online security, as always, is the user's intelligence.


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