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Comment: Security from lower market share? (Score 0) 240

by Phae (#14690590) Attached to: Firefox Users Surf Safer
This test is not really a fair comparison for security (the article doesn't claim that it is) since Firefox is not anywhere near IE as far as market share goes.

If you are writing a piece of spyware to attack a browser, would you rather write it for the browser that ~80% of the population uses, or the browser used by ~10-15% of the population (and consisting largely of internet-savvy users)?

Combine that with the fact that Internet Explorer allows Active-X controls, and the choice is pretty clear.

Both IE and Firefox are written by humans (yes, M$ employees are human too), so both will always contain bugs that can be used by the people writing spyware.

I would expect to see attacks on Firefox increase as its market share continues to increase.

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