Security Bites Podcast: Firefox 2 beats IE 7

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Mozilla unleashed Firefox 2 this week. Although the new browser is not a giant leap on from version 1.5, it does beat Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 in several aspects, including security, CNET News.com’s Joris Evers and CNET.com’s Robert Vamosi say on this week’s Security Bites podcast.

The release of the new Firefox was the starting gun for bug hunters to find security flaws in the applications. Microsoft said claims that the first IE 7 vulnerability had been found were incorrect–the flaw lies in Outlook Express instead. However, the software giant did confirm a spoofing flaw. Mozilla, meanwhile, is rebutting bug claims in Firefox 2.

The new browsers have raised some privacy questions among bloggers. Some suggest that the antiphishing filter in Firefox is a front for a data-gathering operation by Google. But no data is sent to Google, unless you opt in to do so. The phishing shield in IE 7, however, does send every Web address you enter into the browser to Microsoft.

Here’s the perfect stocking stuffer: tin foil wallets. Radio tags in passports and credit cards are causing privacy concerns. The solution: Wrap your passport and your credit cards in aluminum foil.

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