Re: Internet Explorer Virus/spyware
After sitting and thinking about this for a minute, here's a little analogy. We chastise people for buying a high powered bike as their first experience with two wheeled bliss. IE has a lot of added plusses and bonuses that someone who doesn't have the knowledge of what they are doing or clicking can and will get them into trouble. Just like on a sportbike. High power coupled with traffic will get someone in trouble. Will it be you, who knows? I have seen parents allow their kids on the net, and watched the kids just click the "OK" button because it's what they have been told. Now whether or not they were just OK'ing some malicious code is unbeknownst to both the child and parent, yet the parent's allow the kids to play away. When you have your vital information stored on your hard drive, your computer ceases to be a playtoy. A woman here at my job allowed her teenager to install Kazaa on her work provided laptop. Talk about a security risk, especially if she had some of our work information on the machine. That's a fireable offense, and actually with some of the new laws, she could be in more trouble than just a fine if the wrong information got off her laptop.
Being safe with your computer is like wearing gear when riding your bike. It's all a matter of protecting your information, and still being able to do what you want on the network you are connecting yourself to. Now personally, I don't care if more hackers are "attacking" IE and microsoft. What does it matter. Fact is, if you are using it, you are at risk. Just like riding with a muscle shirt and sandals. If you are so loyal to one browser that the risk is acceptable for you, then by all means go ahead... Me, I place my loyalty nowhere in the computer industry. If Firebird starts having security problems, I'll be the first to switch.
I don't want to turn this into a holy war over OS'es and browsers. Point is, just like on our bikes, wear your gear and when you do hit the pavement, hopefully you will be able to walk away..