MSN Slate Magazine: "Firefox trumps Internet Explorer"

Monday July 5th, 2004

Several readers wrote in to tell us that the MSN Slate Magazine ran an article recommending Mozilla Firefox over Internet Explorer last week. Author Paul Boutin mainly prefers Firefox for security reasons, with the browser's lack of support for ActiveX eliminating many virus and spyware concerns. While Slate is owned by Microsoft, it should be noted that the publication has always maintained that it is editorially independent and that Boutin is a freelance journalist.

#14 Re: Other Boutin Article

by mlefevre

Tuesday July 6th, 2004 8:34 AM

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Unless he's invented the time machine, I don't see how that article from June 10th could be a "clean-up" after an article published on June 30th.

And the statement is true, the default IE and OE settings are more secure than older default settings, and some people do (for whatever reason) lower them. Whether or not there are security exploits, it's generally a good idea not to run with things set so that sites don't need an exploit to install things.