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shabbir 16Nov2004 12:52

10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Top 10 Reasons to Use Mozilla Firefox

1. Tabbed Browsing
2. In-Built popup blocker
3. Easy to be installed plugins
4. In built google and many other Search Engines can be added at will
5. Faster and much more secured
6. Agent switcher possibility
7. Post data does not vanish and as I myself is a developer I dont have to retype the whole form again and again.
8. Smarter search apart from the bult in Search Engines
9. Compact Size
10. Version 1.0 rocks.
CoderZone Contribution
11. JavaScript Console

Amit Ray 16Nov2004 14:59

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
yeah, Mozilla has a dedicated fan-fare who would never consider switching to IE if they can help ... some go with Mozilla for a reason [like the ones you have mentioned above] while others settle for it just to be different ...

Cheers,
Amit Ray.

Levi 16Nov2004 19:47

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Go Firefox. I downloaded it the day it came out. I had been using previous versions, and had'nt been impressed, but version 1.0 is great. Much faster that IE.
Levi

coderzone 19Nov2004 12:09

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Hey shabbir you have missed the beggest point to use Firefox - JavaScript Console

shabbir 19Nov2004 12:12

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Added. I guess I may be dreaming about something to miss that

bhowo 25Nov2004 11:03

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
love at the first sight. this is what i felt after i downloaded it. so fast, secured, and the thing i like... tabbed. it's really such a fantastic and powerful browser.

sterling45 13Aug2006 22:11

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
I love the tabbing option with firefox (it's the main reason why I use it over IE or any other browser). Another thing I noticed with FF is that I get less spyware and popups when I use it! (compared to IE). :)

vishal sharma 17Jan2007 13:42

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Courtesy: Mr. Granneman.

A man goes in to see a doctor. "Doc, whenever I lift my left arm, I get a shooting pain in my shoulder. What should I do?" The doctor replied, "Stop lifting your left arm."
I think many of us are in the position of that man, and today I'd like to act as your physician. Except that I'm not going to talk about left arms and pains in the shoulder; I'm going to talk about a piece of software that causes us pain in a different part of the body - Internet Explorer.

The latest version of IE is 6, and it has certainly accumulated an impressive record of holes: 153 since 18 April 2001, according to the SecurityFocus Vulnerabilities Archive. There have been some real doozies in there. For instance, last August, Microsoft issued a patch that fixed a hole that the company described this way: "It could be possible for an attacker who exploited this vulnerability to run arbitrary code on a user's system. If a user visited an attacker's Web site, it would be possible for the attacker to exploit this vulnerability without any other user action." Oh, is that all? Well, that's super - simply visit a Web page, and you're 0\/\/N3d, d00d!

A little over a week ago, the SecurityFocus Vulnerability Database reported the "Microsoft Internet Explorer Modal Dialog Zone Bypass Vulnerability," which "may permit cross-zone access, allowing an attacker to execute malicious script code in the context of the Local Zone." That was just one of the six reported so far this month - and we're only halfway through!

In fact, it's gotten so bad that now spyware creators (AKA, scumbags) are using flaws in IE to surreptitiously install the I-Lookup search bar (or one of several others) into the browser. Again, the user doesn't need to do anything - just visit a Web site or click on a URL in an email. The results? Your home page is changed, a bunch of new bookmarks show up in your Favorites, and popup windows for porn sites open constantly.

I could go on and on. Look, let's be honest with each other. We all know this is true: IE is a buggy, insecure, dangerous piece of software, and the source of many of the headaches that security pros have to endure (I'm not even going to go into its poor support for Web standards; let that be a rant for another day). Yes, I know Microsoft patches holes as they are found. Great. But far too many are found. And yes, I know that Microsoft has promised that it has changed its ways, and that it will now focus on "Trustworthy Computing." But I've heard too many of Microsoft's promises and seen the results too many times. You know, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Who's shamed when it's "fool me the 432nd time"? Who's the fool?

We're security pros, and we know the score. It's time. It's time to tell our users, our clients, our associates, our families, and our friends to abandon Internet Explorer.

A better browser: Firefox

On Monday, the Mozilla Foundation released its latest preview release of Mozilla Firefox, available for download and ready to run. As most of you probably already know, the Mozilla browser is great, but it's also a huge software project, encompassing a Web browser, an email program, an address book, a Web page editor, and much, much more. Mozilla Firefox is an effort to pull out the browsing component, resulting in a faster, more focused, and more innovative Web browser. And you know what? It's working.

I've been using Firefox for more than a year, and it's performed admirably. I've experienced a little bit of bugginess here and there - after all, it's just now getting to 0.9, with the full 1.0 release expected at the end of the summer - but on the whole it's been just fine, certainly good enough for full-time use. Its feature set is enviable: pop-up blocking, tabs, integrated search, an awesome level of customizability, and excellent support for Web standards. But it has really shone (as has the Mozilla Project as a whole, actually) in the area of privacy and security.

All software has bugs, and none is totally "secure". As has been said so many times, security is a process, not a product. So I'm quite aware that Firefox has had security issues, and will have more in the future as sure as the sun rises. But the record so far with Firefox has been positive. Security issues are not common, but when they are found, they are openly discussed and fixed quickly. This is very good, and security pros should appreciate such responsiveness.

In addition to a good track record in the past, Firefox and the Mozilla Foundation are taking a proactive approach to securing the Web browser in the future. The privacy and security settings available in Preferences are intelligent and effective, and the browser itself does not accept ActiveX controls, a key vulnerability in IE. Firefox uses XPI files to install themes, extensions, and other add-ons. Recently, new changes to the browser's handling of XPIs were introduced, including a three second countdown when installing XPIs, in order to give the user time to read the dialog box, and an optional XPI whitelist, which will allow XPI installations only from approved sites. Both are good ideas; in particular, the latter should be enabled by security pros on the machines they oversee, as it will greatly reduce the likelihood of miscreant installs (the link above implies Firefox is not implementing the XPI whitelist; Mozilla bug 240552 contravenes this).

As people who care about security - and who so often work with people who care nothing about security - it's our responsibility to spread the word about a better Web browser that does not constantly compromise the basic security of our computers and networks. Why is IE the most widely-used Web browser on the Net? It's not because of quality, and certainly not because it's better than the alternatives. In fact, IE hasn't really been improved in years, and other browsers now offer far more innovative features and capabilities. It's because Microsoft leveraged its monopoly to force IE down the throats of users. And in a case of kicking users while they're down, Microsoft has pledged to tie IE even closer to the Windows operating system, guaranteeing plenty of security problems in the future.

It's all about the marketing. Microsoft owns the desktop, so they can bundle IE with every copy of Windows. To combat that, security pros are going to have to engage in counter-marketing. Sit down with the computer users you oversee, and explain to them the security issues associated with IE, and the benefits of moving to Firefox. If you need help, a short piece entitled "Why You Should Switch to Firefox" may help. If you're feeling nervous about the not-yet-finished status of Firefox, just wait a bit longer, and then start evangelizing it, but be aware that lots of folks have been using it for quite some time, happily and successfully.

Finally, if you have to use IE, you have to use IE. But use it only with the site(s) that require it. The people reading this are smart enough to use Firefox 98% of the time, and then switch to IE when necessary.

I'm tired of vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Web browser that take over computers, install spyware and God knows what else, and ultimately cause us to spend hours cleaning up messes on the computers of clients, friends, and family. How much money, time, and energy have we all spent fixing the problems caused by IE? It's time for security pros - the folks that should know better - to start dumping IE and start promoting Firefox, a better Web browser. Enough is enough. How many times are we going to put out the fires that IE starts, only to get stomped on, again and again?

clocking 29Sep2007 13:55

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
oh, I'm using Fire Fox, it's great. But, I still use Opera, it's not bad. Opera'sinterface's beautifull and high speed . So, as Shabir told, Set up Plug-in in FF is fast.

Safari 16Oct2007 10:39

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Every one here seems to be biased on FF but there are other options as well.

SpideR 7Nov2007 13:39

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
i would like to add one more simple but worth future i.e
Multiple Login Through Firefox with CookieSwap enables

shabbir 7Nov2007 17:17

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SpideR
i would like to add one more simple but worth future i.e
Multiple Login Through Firefox with CookieSwap enables

How do you do that? I have no idea about it.

SpideR 7Nov2007 21:03

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by shabbir
How do you do that? I have no idea about it.

Step 1:
open system properties(by right clicking my computer), choose tab advanced, click to environment variables button. in system variables section, click new. type this information to each textbox.

variable name: moz_no_remote(should be all small letter)

variable value: 1

press ok to close all windows.

step 2:
open firefox icon's properties(from desktop and quick launch). add extension -p to command line(like "c:\program files\mozilla firefox\firefox.exe" -p). press ok.

while starting firefox u have to create two separate profiles of firefox so that u can login to two accounts of any(orkut,yahoo,rediff or anything else).......
for three logins create three profiles of firefox.........

Trick 2

login in firefox?
CookieSwap enables you to easily swap all your cookies so that you can be logged in to multiple web e-mail accounts (like Gmail and Yahoo! mail) at the same time and quickly switch between them.

just install the addon:

Code:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3255

shabbir 7Nov2007 21:54

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Thanks for that and its a kool add on.

SpideR 7Nov2007 22:11

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by shabbir
Thanks for that and its a kool add on.

You are most welcome Shabbir this is great forum and ur doing a great job
nice to meet u

shabbir 8Nov2007 08:23

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SpideR
You are most welcome Shabbir this is great forum and ur doing a great job
nice to meet u

Thanks.

coderzone 12Nov2007 12:13

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
I use Opera and it also looks good and is very good.

rapwaydown 7Dec2007 01:28

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
i still use IE
kinda like the IE interfece

vimbite 17Jul2008 03:11

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
I also use firefox...I downloaded it when my friend told me that FF is so great and much faster.then I say to myself...Oh my GOD I found something great here in FF!!!thanks to my friend morris.

seangtz 25Jul2008 12:40

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Well, I also using FF, its good to know the reasons of using FF

hkp819 6Dec2008 18:35

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
I have start browsing on internet explorer.
But when I start on firefox I love it very much.
I have opera also it is also good.

alpinto 22Oct2010 15:57

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
yeah that's correct,Firefox is far better than any other browser.

nikole957 11Dec2010 15:44

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vishal sharma (Post 7785)
Courtesy: Mr. Granneman.

A man goes in to see a doctor. "Doc, whenever I lift my left arm, I get a shooting pain in my shoulder. What should I do?" The doctor replied, "Stop lifting your left arm."
I think many of us are in the position of that man, and today I'd like to act as your physician. Except that I'm not going to talk about left arms and pains in the shoulder; I'm going to talk about a piece of software that causes us pain in a different part of the body - Internet Explorer.

The latest version of IE is 6, and it has certainly accumulated an impressive record of holes: 153 since 18 April 2001, according to the SecurityFocus Vulnerabilities Archive. There have been some real doozies in there. For instance, last August, Microsoft issued a patch that fixed a hole that the company described this way: "It could be possible for an attacker who exploited this vulnerability to run arbitrary code on a user's system. If a user visited an attacker's Web site, it would be possible for the attacker to exploit this vulnerability without any other user action." Oh, is that all? Well, that's super - simply visit a Web page, and you're 0\/\/N3d, d00d!

A little over a week ago, the SecurityFocus Vulnerability Database reported the "Microsoft Internet Explorer Modal Dialog Zone Bypass Vulnerability," which "may permit cross-zone access, allowing an attacker to execute malicious script code in the context of the Local Zone." That was just one of the six reported so far this month - and we're only halfway through!

In fact, it's gotten so bad that now spyware creators (AKA, scumbags) are using flaws in IE to surreptitiously install the I-Lookup search bar (or one of several others) into the browser. Again, the user doesn't need to do anything - just visit a Web site or click on a URL in an email. The results? Your home page is changed, a bunch of new bookmarks show up in your Favorites, and popup windows for porn sites open constantly.

I could go on and on. Look, let's be honest with each other. We all know this is true: IE is a buggy, insecure, dangerous piece of software, and the source of many of the headaches that security pros have to endure (I'm not even going to go into its poor support for Web standards; let that be a rant for another day). Yes, I know Microsoft patches holes as they are found. Great. But far too many are found. And yes, I know that Microsoft has promised that it has changed its ways, and that it will now focus on "Trustworthy Computing." But I've heard too many of Microsoft's promises and seen the results too many times. You know, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Who's shamed when it's "fool me the 432nd time"? Who's the fool?

We're security pros, and we know the score. It's time. It's time to tell our users, our clients, our associates, our families, and our friends to abandon Internet Explorer.

A better browser: Firefox

On Monday, the Mozilla Foundation released its latest preview release of Mozilla Firefox, available for download and ready to run. As most of you probably already know, the Mozilla browser is great, but it's also a huge software project, encompassing a Web browser, an email program, an address book, a Web page editor, and much, much more. Mozilla Firefox is an effort to pull out the browsing component, resulting in a faster, more focused, and more innovative Web browser. And you know what? It's working.

I've been using Firefox for more than a year, and it's performed admirably. I've experienced a little bit of bugginess here and there - after all, it's just now getting to 0.9, with the full 1.0 release expected at the end of the summer - but on the whole it's been just fine, certainly good enough for full-time use. Its feature set is enviable: pop-up blocking, tabs, integrated search, an awesome level of customizability, and excellent support for Web standards. But it has really shone (as has the Mozilla Project as a whole, actually) in the area of privacy and security.

All software has bugs, and none is totally "secure". As has been said so many times, security is a process, not a product. So I'm quite aware that Firefox has had security issues, and will have more in the future as sure as the sun rises. But the record so far with Firefox has been positive. Security issues are not common, but when they are found, they are openly discussed and fixed quickly. This is very good, and security pros should appreciate such responsiveness.

In addition to a good track record in the past, Firefox and the Mozilla Foundation are taking a proactive approach to securing the Web browser in the future. The privacy and security settings available in Preferences are intelligent and effective, and the browser itself does not accept ActiveX controls, a key vulnerability in IE. Firefox uses XPI files to install themes, extensions, and other add-ons. Recently, new changes to the browser's handling of XPIs were introduced, including a three second countdown when installing XPIs, in order to give the user time to read the dialog box, and an optional XPI whitelist, which will allow XPI installations only from approved sites. Both are good ideas; in particular, the latter should be enabled by security pros on the machines they oversee, as it will greatly reduce the likelihood of miscreant installs (the link above implies Firefox is not implementing the XPI whitelist; Mozilla bug 240552 contravenes this).

As people who care about security - and who so often work with people who care nothing about security - it's our responsibility to spread the word about a better Web browser that does not constantly compromise the basic security of our computers and networks. Why is IE the most widely-used Web browser on the Net? It's not because of quality, and certainly not because it's better than the alternatives. In fact, IE hasn't really been improved in years, and other browsers now offer far more innovative features and capabilities. It's because Microsoft leveraged its monopoly to force IE down the throats of users. And in a case of kicking users while they're down, Microsoft has pledged to tie IE even closer to the Windows operating system, guaranteeing plenty of security problems in the future.

It's all about the marketing. Microsoft owns the desktop, so they can bundle IE with every copy of Windows. To combat that, security pros are going to have to engage in counter-marketing. Sit down with the computer users you oversee, and explain to them the security issues associated with IE, and the benefits of moving to Firefox. If you need help, a short piece entitled "Why You Should Switch to Firefox" may help. If you're feeling nervous about the not-yet-finished status of Firefox, just wait a bit longer, and then start evangelizing it, but be aware that lots of folks have been using it for quite some time, happily and successfully.

Finally, if you have to use IE, you have to use IE. But use it only with the site(s) that require it. The people reading this are smart enough to use Firefox 98% of the time, and then switch to IE when necessary.

I'm tired of vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Web browser that take over computers, install spyware and God knows what else, and ultimately cause us to spend hours cleaning up messes on the computers of clients, friends, and family. How much money, time, and energy have we all spent fixing the problems caused by IE? It's time for security pros - the folks that should know better - to start dumping IE and start promoting Firefox, a better Web browser. Enough is enough. How many times are we going to put out the fires that IE starts, only to get stomped on, again and again?

oh, I'm using Fire Fox, it's great. But, I still use Opera, it's not bad. Opera'sinterface's beautifull and high speed . So, as Shabir told, Set up Plug-in in FF is fast.

nikole957 11Dec2010 15:46

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nikole957 (Post 75787)
oh, I'm using Fire Fox, it's great. But, I still use Opera, it's not bad. Opera'sinterface's beautifull and high speed . So, as Shabir told, Set up Plug-in in FF is fast.

Thanks for sharing. It's geat

seangtz 14Dec2010 09:21

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
I have experience with both firefox and chrome, but i felt FF new version is much better than chrome and IE, sometimes the sites which are not open in chrome can be open in FF :crazy:

meenuseo 14Dec2010 10:57

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
when I start use firefox i forget IE.I like its multi tab functionality.

shrikrishnatech 9Feb2011 13:16

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
1. Internet Explorer is integrated with Windows XP so you can surf the internet without having to decide which browser to use.

2. Internet Explorer is accessible for everyone.

3. IE can display all web pages - not all of them work in Firefox.

4. IE requires hardly any extensions, whereas Firefox has a plethora.

5. IE does not ship with tabs, but they can be added if you wish.

6. IE does not have an RSS reader, which is a fad. You can just visit the site every day if you need to.

7. IE is less secure than Firefox, but patches are released regularly.

8. IE is closely linked to Windows.

9. IE does not pass the Acid2 test like Safari does.

10. You need to use IE to access Windows Update - even though Microsoft released a Firefox plugin for Windows Genuine Advantage, they will never open Windows Update to Firefox.

11. IE doesn't crash when visiting online banking sites, Firefox does.

12. IE7 will adopt the standards of 2006 and include innovations of Microsoft and others, such as RSS, SSL3 and better security.

13. IE does not respect W3C standards in their entirity.

14. IE is the 'de-facto' standard that developers work to.

kumarmannu 9Feb2011 15:51

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Yeah mozilla provide a good GUI.

shabbir 9Feb2011 16:50

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by shrikrishnatech (Post 79014)
3. IE can display all web pages - not all of them work in Firefox.

Ages ago you can argue on this but not any more. Designers did not take into account other browsers when designing things but that is almost a decade old thing.

Quote:

Originally Posted by shrikrishnatech (Post 79014)
5. IE does not ship with tabs, but they can be added if you wish.

Again you are adding the plethora in IE instead of FF. Contradicts your point 4.

Quote:

Originally Posted by shrikrishnatech (Post 79014)
6. IE does not have an RSS reader, which is a fad. You can just visit the site every day if you need to.

Chrome does not have RSS reader but IE does have it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by shrikrishnatech (Post 79014)
8. IE is closely linked to Windows.

Why it should be?

Quote:

Originally Posted by shrikrishnatech (Post 79014)
11. IE doesn't crash when visiting online banking sites, Firefox does.

Examples please.

Quote:

Originally Posted by shrikrishnatech (Post 79014)
12. IE7 will adopt the standards of 2006 and include innovations of Microsoft and others, such as RSS, SSL3 and better security.

Last thing MS innovated was probably Windows 98.

Quote:

Originally Posted by shrikrishnatech (Post 79014)
14. IE is the 'de-facto' standard that developers work to.

Where are those developers. I would like to meet few if possible.

sannu123 14Mar2011 14:07

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Amit Ray (Post 568)
yeah, Mozilla has a dedicated fan-fare who would never consider switching to IE if they can help ... some go with Mozilla for a reason [like the ones you have mentioned above] while others settle for it just to be different ...

Cheers,
Amit Ray.

Yaaaaaah ,I think you are absolutely right...then I agree with you,,,,,,,,thanks for nice information in this site,,,,

alexsmth114 21Mar2011 11:25

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
For me firefox is the best browser!!..

Ana_Campos 21Mar2011 16:47

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Indeed. Al those addons also offer a great solution and help every web developer figure what and when

benivolentsoft 28Mar2011 12:31

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
I had been using previous versions, and hadn't been impressed

mactonweb 4Jan2012 15:16

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Even i'm using Firefox because it is easy to install any plugins or software.

Kailzy 17Jan2012 12:03

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
ok...........Its Fine but what about Gooogle Chrome which is more faster than the Mozilla!!

styris 8Mar2012 12:21

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
There are some negative points also in using firefox, they use more resources and it takes more time to get loaded.

jhonden 9Mar2012 17:03

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Even I use Firefox for my work. I being a Webmaster use multiple browsers but my favorite is Mozilla Firefox.

annaharris 11May2012 16:09

Re: 10 Reasons to Use Firefox
 
Top 10 reasons are perfect to use Firefox. Specially, I am use Firefox because Tabbed Browsing and Easy to be installed plugins.


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