Security report shows Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was unsafe for all but seven days of 2004

“Global security consultancy ScanIT shows Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was ‘unsafe’ for 98% of 2004, while rival browser Mozilla was ‘unsafe’ for only 15%,” Presswire reports. “The figures come from 195,000 internet users who checked their systems for vulnerabilities using ScanIT’s free online Browser Security Checker in 2004.”

“The checker’s findings showed surfers using Mozilla’s Firefox browser enjoyed the shortest “exposure period” where a patch for known vulnerabilities in the browser was unavailable,” Presswire reports. “By comparison, the scanner showed Microsoft’s IE enjoyed only seven days without being subject to any known vulnerabilities, between 12 and 19 October. ‘This means fully patched IE was known to be unsafe for an incredible 98 per cent of 2004,’ ScanIT’s CEO David Michaux says.”

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17 Comments

  1. Just you keep waiting for IE…I’ll be using Safari and Firefox ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> When’s the last time YOUR browser was updated? LOL

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  4. “By comparison, the scanner showed Microsoft’s IE enjoyed only seven days without being subject to any known vulnerabilities, between 12 and 19 October.”

    Oh bitter irony… Wouldn’t you know it, that was the week my PC was disabled by viruses and spyware, and in the shop for cleaning…

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