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Will you be more secure if you abandon Internet Explorer?

David Jeffers | Sept. 20, 2012
The German government is urging people to abandon Internet Explorer to avoid zero-day attacks currently circulating in the wild. Microsoft is scrambling to develop a patch to address the problem. The dirty secret, though, is the attack relies on Java being present, so Java--not Internet Explorer--is the Achilles heel of this equation.

Should you abandon Internet Explorer? Probably not.

You're welcome to adopt Chrome or Firefox, or some other browser of your choice. Just don't expect that to be a silver bullet solution that magically makes you invulnerable. No matter what browser you choose, you will still have to be diligent about keeping it up to date and vigilant about making sure the applications and add-ons you use with it don't have flaws that expose you to attacks.

 

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