[HCS-D]Firefox advocacy

Ivan Krstic krstic at fas.harvard.edu
Sun Dec 12 02:10:59 EST 2004

Below is a message I just sent to wigg-list. I've spoken with Matt about
the prospect of talking to FASCS about them issuing a proclamation
similar to that of Penn State (see URL at very bottom of mail).

Thoughts? I'll bring this up on Monday.


-- Original message --
> All,
> earlier this summer, it was demonstrated that for users of Microsoft
> Internet Explorer, any web page can take full control of a user's
> computer with minimal effort - accessing any file or document (even
> if you use Windows EFS encryption), reading e-mail you have stored,
> etc.
> I urged friends then to switch to an open, secure alternative, and
> I'm about to do so again. In the past weeks, there's again been
> consternation in the security community about new attacks
> on Internet Explorer, in a similar vein: malicious sites exercise
> varying degrees of control over your computer, bypass your popup
> blocking, or extract various personal information.
> Two days ago, Penn State - with 80,000 students - publically issued
> an alert urging students, faculty and staff to switch to alternative
> browsers such as Firefox, Mozilla, Opera, or Safari. You're welcome
> to read the Information Week article about this (see the end of my
> e-mail).
> As a long-time coder and security administrator, I cannot agree with
> Penn State's recommendation more. Firefox, an extremely fast and
> secure web browser, is available for free - no ads, no licensing, no
> registration - at this address:
> http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
> Simply click "Free download" in the top right hand side of the page,
> and enjoy the experience. Firefox has had 10 million downloads in the
> past 33 days, and is recommended by such publications as the Wall
> Street Journal, USA Today, and FORBES magazine:
> "Better than Internet Explorer by leaps and bounds." - FORBES 
 > "Beware of spyware. If you can, use the Firefox browser." - USA Today
> You will enjoy a much more secure web experience with Firefox. And if
> your computer is already plagued with spyware, or runs incredibly
> slowly and you can't figure out why (it's spyware), fire off an
> e-mail my way, and we'll see what we can do.
> Please pass on this notice.
> Best, 
 > Ivan.
> P.S. The Penn State article is here: 
> http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=55301109

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