Is Firefox More Secure than Internet Explorer?

Well, sure it is. According to the Firefox web site, which must of course be untainted by marketing claims since it is Mozilla, " Firefox continues to lead the way in online security". OK, marketing hyperbole aside, I'm a data guy. I care about what the data says. Fortunately, Jeff Jones collected the data and did the analysis. Rather than color your conclusions by mine, I will let you draw your own conclusions from his analysis because (a) Jeff is a friend of mine and I won't let that influence a judgement, and (b) there may be a slight conflict … Continue reading Is Firefox More Secure than Internet Explorer?

All Software Has Vulnerabilities

No matter how smug you are about it, and how much you claim that security is someone else's problem, software will have vulnerabilities. It is a fact of life because software is, by far, the most complex engineering task mankind has ever undertaken. In that light, I found a quote by Alan Paller, of the SANS Institute, in the latest @Risk Consensus Security Vulnerability Alert quite revealing: If you are ever asked which operating system is safer, the following 'non-aligned' rule may be of some help. Given a fixed level of programming skill, the number of vulnerabilities in software is directly proportional … Continue reading All Software Has Vulnerabilities