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  • Apple To Seize Opportunity from German IE Crackdown?


    If there was ever a time for Apple to blitz the German market with Mac vs. PC advertisements, that time would be now. Chances are, even the German government would get behind the marketing campaign. That's the logical inference, of course, based on the BBC report this weekend. In order to "protect security," the German population is being warned about the "hazards" of using Internet Explorer. And they're even being advised to find a new browser... and quick.

    The warning from the Federal Office for Information Security comes after Microsoft admitted IE was the weak link in recent attacks on Google's systems. Microsoft rejected the warning, saying that the risk to users was low and that the browsers' increased security setting would prevent any serious risk.
    Nonetheless, the German government isn't taking any comfort in reassurances from Microsoft, which proposed that the aforementioned attacks on Google were by "highly motivated people with a very specific agenda."

    Naturally, some are wondering if Apple smells blood in the water and will ramp up some sort of media bombardment of Mac ads in the German market. The blogosphere has lit up tonight with Apple die-hards taking every conceivable shot at IE possible in hopes of converting a stronghold of "nervous German PC users" into "safe and sound Mac users."

    However, Graham Cluley of anti-virus firm Sophos, told BBC News that not only did the warning apply to 6, 7 and 8 of the browser, but the instructions on how to exploit the flaw had been posted on the internet. "This is a vulnerability that was announced in the last couple of days. Microsoft have no patch yet and the implication is that this is the same one that exploited on the attacks on Google earlier this week," he said.
    Regardless of what Apple may do (assuming that they will actually do anything), this news is bad for Microsoft and will likely resonate far beyond German borders and make worldwide computer owners consider a switch from IE to another popular broswer - something that is steadily taking place across the global landscape anyway.

    In case you're wondering, Apple has not formally commented on the matter. But you certainly know they're aware of the situation...

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple To Seize Opportunity from German IE Crackdown? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Most of the people I know uses Firefox anyways or use Google version. Safari is not as good as either one of these two browsers.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Most of the people I know uses Firefox anyways or use Google version. Safari is not as good as either one of these browsers.
      But, Safari has better security than IE, however, it is not superior like Google Chrome and FireFox. Is there anyone who uses BigFoot Explorer?
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      But, Safari has better security than IE, however, it is not superior like Google Chrome and FireFox. Is there anyone who uses BigFoot Explorer?
      I do when I check my hotmail email account because I am too lazy to open it in firefox or doing updates.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Haha.... IE is in the trash were it belongs!
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Haha...I'm a Mac and loving it!!!
      I've never liked IE anyways...dropped it (ages ago) the moment I found FF. I currently use FF, Chrome, and Opera , and sometimes (though rarely) Safari.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      I mostly use firefox. I like that much better than Safari even on my MBP. I won't be installing chrome since i don't see a use for it. Firefox does a good enough job as it is why switch?
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I'm on Firefox right now. I like Google Chrome also, but they still in beta face. So, not all the plug in are working.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Firefox is doing what everyone else, (including safari and chrome) are still trying to figure out. chrome is the fastest, but doesn't support all ma plug ins. (mostly download helper)
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      never use explorer so im not worried. i've allways been satisfied with safari. why change.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      gotta get a new browser
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      I'm on Firefox right now. I like Google Chrome also, but they still in beta face. So, not all the plug in are working.
      Google Chrome hasn't been beta for like a year. It's already on 4.x in fact. Plugins just aren't something they cared much about, at least not yet.