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M$ Does It Again

Internet Explorer has a major vulnerability to a "man-in-the-middle" attack, and has for several years. This means that (for example) someone can set up a spoof version of a financial website (like your bank, or an ecommerce site from which you're purchasing something), that will fool IE into sending your credit card data to it, instead of the intended recipient, because Explorer apparently isn't rigorous enough about checking certificates on the Secure Socket Layer.

While this is irritating, even infuriating, in itself, it's made more so by many site designers' insistence on writing their sites to IE's perverted version of HTML and other Microsoft technologies, so that one can't even use other browsers (e.g., Opera) with them. I avoid using IE as much as possible (and once I finally get the Windows monkey off my back, it won't be possible to use it at all), but there are some sites that are vital for managing my accounts that either don't work at all, or are unviewable on any other browser. The Schwab site, for example, won't do business with you in secure manner unless you have Explorer. They claim that this policy is in the name of "security."

I hope that this will cause them to rethink that philosophy, given the self-evident irony of it with today's news (and numerous other instances in the past of Redmond's less-than-devoted commitment to security in general).

Posted by Rand Simberg at August 14, 2002 09:13 AM
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Hehe I just got this blurb out of a spam email that was sent to me by a technical school

"Help keep your company one step ahead of digital threats with Microsoft-based security solutions and resources."

Oh yeah...realllllyyyy tell me all about it.

Posted by Hefty at August 14, 2002 12:40 PM

After having IE hang on me multiple times a day I downloaded the new Netscape Preview Release 7.0. I haven't had a problem with it anywhere and I really like their multiple tabbed web page feature (it clears up the desktop clutter).

Posted by John Hudock at August 14, 2002 12:44 PM

Try Opera. It also allows multiple windows within a single browser.

Posted by Rand Simberg at August 14, 2002 01:37 PM

Yeah, try Opera! Netscape was 'inspired' by Opera's tabbed browsing, and Opera still beats Netscape hands down for speed, and the fact that you have the option to toggle popups on/off from a single menu option, vice having to install an additional exe.

Posted by Celeste at August 15, 2002 09:48 AM

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