Saturday, December 18, 2004

NYT: Firefox in MS' Henhouse

In "The Fox Is in Microsoft's Henhouse (and Salivating)" , the Times makes some really interesting points about the Firefox/IE battle. Basically, because MS integrated IE so tightly with Windows (remember the court battles where they said it was technically impossible to de-couple IE and Windows), it's now impossible for them to respond to the Firefox threat until a new re-do of Windows (2006). The result is that IE is wildly insecure, allowing ActiveX controls into your system; in the worst cases such rogue controls could delete your hard disk. The article quotes security experts saying, simply, "Do not use Internet Explorer."

Based on this article, nonprofits will want to look closely at whether they allow IE to continue on users' desktops.