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Phishing might be helping Mozilla

According to broadband reports, phishing scams which exploit Microsoft Internet Explorer’s bug that allows scam artists to hide the real url of a link while displaying a legit looking address.

While the story itself is interesting, theres an interesting thread evident in the comments posted by readers. A lot of them wrote about how they’ve moved to other browsers, mainly Mozilla or Thunderbird – which is great! It has been months since this exploit was discovered and Microsoft has not fixed it yet. Meanwhile, users are switching away from IE, learning that Mozilla is a perfect replacement for it, and will be telling their friends about it.

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IE Complacency

Count me in this group of developers who wish Microsoft would fix their broken Internet Explorer. I also wish all you people out there still running IE 5.5 would upgrade too!

But Zeldman warned against wishful thinking, noting that with hundreds of millions of people using Internet Explorer around the world, it would take more than CSS-savvy developers like him and Microsoft’s toolmaker competitors to persuade Microsoft to tend to a battleground it no longer considers contested.

I’m not saying (IE) is not a very good browser–it is,” Zeldman said. “But its CSS support is weaker and buggier than its competitors. We hoped for many years that by submitting bug reports, they would improve it. But they didn’t.”

So until they fix it, do yourself a favor and get yourself Mozila Firebird.

Update: Looks like there are many security holes in Internet Explorer too!

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Getting a better browser

The next time you’ll get a new browser from Microsoft is when you shell out money for Longhorn. Realistically, sounds like we won’t see significant uptake of Longhorn for another five years. Windows users, stuck with a browser that isn’t advancing, will look to alternatives, like Mozilla, Mozilla’s Firebird Project, or Opera. These browsers already provide better standards compatibility which makes web developers happy, and pop-up blocking, better security, and tabbed browsing which should make surfers happy.

Tim bray analyzes the situation much more in-depth in his The Door is Ajar piece.