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TechWeb: Spyware Barely Touches Firefox

Unread postby JimW » February 11th, 2006, 1:04 am

According to this TechWeb article, a research group has found that "Internet Explorer users can be as much as 21 times more likely to end up with a spyware-infected PC than people who go online with Mozilla's Firefox browser".

"We can't say whether Firefox is a safer browser or not," said Henry Levy, one of the two University of Washington professors who, along with a pair of graduate students, created Web crawlers to scour the Internet for spyware in several 2005 forays. "But we can say that users will have a safer experience [surfing] with Firefox."

Later in the article, there's mention made about how widespread this problem is:

"[...] one of the research's most startling conclusions was the number of spyware-infected sites. One out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims."

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Unread postby JimW » February 11th, 2006, 1:05 am

Here' a link to the original paper at the University of Washington (a pdf file).

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