First of all, if you thought Internet Explorer and Firefox were your only options, you were mistaken. This section reviews Internet Explorer and Firefox basics and introduces other viable Web browser options.
Microsoft Internet Explorer is a common target for browser hijacking. Internet Explorer 7.0 provided a significant upgrade to Microsoft browser security but, still have flaws, like the one discovered for an Israeli vulnerability researcher. Aviv Raff warned in a posting on his blog Wednesday that Attackers could exploit a new flaw in Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7) to launch phishing expeditions. Raff said IE 7 running on Windows XP and Vista is susceptible to cross-site scripting attacks.
So, you don’t have options and you have to use IE, or maybe, for some weird reason, you just like it.
IE has the ability to provide a secure browsing, but it’s the responsibility of the organization or the user to configure it.
Yes you have to do your homework. You can start reading this How-to articles from Microsoft.
If you are tired of patching your IE browsers every week (at least) may consider migrating to Mozilla Firefox, a popular third-party browser that is generally thought to be more secure than IE. However, Firefox is not immune to attacks, and as the browser increases in popularity, it’s likely to become a bigger target for attackers.
In this link you can find a list of security tips for Firefox users, but it’s great reading for other users as well.
Not satisfied with Firefox or IE? Yes, there are other options, such as Opera, Safari, Konqueror, Lynx (this one just for grown ones) and others. They all have theirs pros and cons, visit their webpages and and learn what you should expect if you’re not using IE or Firefox.
And remember: on the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft releases hot fixes for its newest flaws which almost invariably include Internet Explorer patches. Yes, at least twice a month you will have to patch your IE.
Others Web browser of your choice will release their patches eventually.