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taffy078 non-Microsoft browsers
Contributor 1st Mar, 2010 05:42
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As from today, Microsoft will offer europeans a choice of browsers, as part of a deal with the EU over the long-running dispute:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8537763.stm

(1) How ironic that members of the public who are not PC-savvy and who do not use Secunia may now find themselves using another vulnerable browser - Firefox - according to other threads here!
(2) What is the problem anyway? Anyone with IE pre-installed can download any of the other browsers (and select it as their main one) without any problems can't they? Or am I missing something?

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Anthony Wells RE: non-Microsoft browsers
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Last edited on 1st Mar, 2010 18:45
Hello taffy ,

All browsers are vulnerable at all times with periodic variations ; having to choose may make people aware of "safe browsing" requirements - or not :(

What is set as your default browser tends to be the one (as a newbie) you get used to and with time the one you prefer and stick with regardless .

I was advised by my "personal techie" to try lots of different thingys before I got set in my ways - this included trying browsers like Firefox (current default) as well as IE (default at the time) .

It is a matter of choice and allowing people to think/ask questions for themselves and be involved from the outset - maybe ??

Anthony

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mogsi RE: non-Microsoft browsers
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on 1st Mar, 2010 05:42, taffy078 wrote:
As from today, Microsoft will offer europeans a choice of browsers, as part of a deal with the EU over the long-running dispute:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8537763.stm

(1) How ironic that members of the public who are not PC-savvy and who do not use Secunia may now find themselves using another vulnerable browser - Firefox - according to other threads here!
(2) What is the problem anyway? Anyone with IE pre-installed can download any of the other browsers (and select it as their main one) without any problems can't they? Or am I missing something?

Is it really possible that there are Europeans with only Internet Explorer as their browser, " blissfully" unaware that they have choice of others ? It must be so. Presented with a prompt, it may cause some thought, if they download the update. Can anyone have missed all the ballyhoo.....it only pops up if IE is at default. A diehard isn't gonna bother. Each to their own faves and learn to get on ?

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