It is nothing new that we come across to web articles about why not to use Internet Explorer and how much better another alternate browser is. One such story I was reading today at Computer world about 12 reasons on why not to use Internet Explorer. While I was reading, the points kept me thinking that most of them are valid for those so called safe options (alternate browsers) also.
You are safer by avoiding software that bad guys target. Mac users benefited from this for years. Windows users can lower their attack surface (be less vulnerable) by avoiding popular software. Internet Explorer is popular, so bad guys exploit known problems with the browser. No thanks.
- 100% true that bad guys targets those which are used by mass.
- Google Chrome and FireFox both based are on same Mozilla platform retains around 35% market shared between them.
- These two browsers are used by power users compare to IE, which are mostly in school / college / public PC and corporate world where they run their own software.
So if Internet Explorer is targeted because of its audience, so would be the Mozilla platform too because of the market share and more importantly the percentage of power users on active use.