Spyware Sucks
“There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs" – Dai Zovi, author of “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook"

Firefox and spyware

March 13th 2005 in Uncategorized

I hate to say I told ya so, but I told ya so.

I think several people who know me will agree that I have been quite vocal about the common misconception that running FF is some sort of cure-all that will protect users from spyware. 

I have always believed that FF is a disaster waiting to happen, thanks to the misinformation being distributed by some FF supporters.  Too many people are switching to FF at their behest and believe  they are SAFE and they won’t get INFECTED if they switch (their emphasis), and are now happily surfing with absolutely no idea that unless they change their browsing habits bad things will eventually happen to them.

Read ‘n’ weep:

Here is an exact quote from one poor chap that I have been helping (anonymous to save said chap from embarrassment):

“..But, [they] told me that I am safe from spyware if I use FF, therefore it [crapware on offer for download] is safe to download ’cause if its spyware it won’t work on FF anyway..”

What is the moral of this story?  NO BROWSER IS SAFE!!!  That’s right – NO BROWSER.  Not Firefox, not Mozilla, not Deepnet, not Opera – not IE – NO BROWSER.  The only true protection is user education.  That means, don’t just tell ’em to use a different browser – teach ’em how to be safe.

3 comments to...
“Firefox and spyware”


when I switched to FF, It reduced my spyware occurenced dramaticaly. Its no cure all, but is more secure then IE. No actie X is one thing that makes it more secure…


Of course, we need more education in this area!!!

Chris Beach

I have been keeping a journal of the various misinformation and zealotry coming from the Mozilla / Web Standard Evangelism / Anti-MS camp.


In particular I have written about:

– The flaws in the Mozilla Security Policy:


– Farcical Mozilla bug-fixing misadventures:


– Mozilla’s claims that Firefox is more secure than IE:


– Resilience of rendering engines – Firefox vs. IE:


– A response to "SP2 Sniping"


– Why I have faith in IE in the new browser wars:


It looks like we may think alike – I’d be interested to know your thoughts on what I’ve written.

Chris Beach

A small win for betrayware (fake spyware removal software) victims was reported today on the Australian news channels:http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,12538391%5E15331%5E%5Enbv%5E15306%2D15318,00.html
“ … The makers of Spyware Assassin tried to scare consumers into buying software through pop-up ads and email that warned their computers had been infected with malicious monitoring software, … A US court has ordered the company […]

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