Security Corner

Dec 21 2008   11:19PM GMT

No More Security Updates for Firefox 2

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Security Fix reports that on December 16, Mozilla released its final update to Firefox 2, and plans no further updates for this version. From the Firefox 2 Release Notes page:

Note: This is the last planned release of Firefox 2. All users are encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 3. Firefox does not include Phishing Protection.

Despite mixed reviews at its initial release, Firefox 3 is now stable and should now be your browser of choice for safe surfing on the web. Besides using far less system memory than previous versions, Firefox 3 “includes strict anti-phishing and anti-malware measures, plus easy ways to tell the good guys from the bad like [the] new one-click site ID info” according to Mozilla.

If you’re not already using it, be sure to install the NoScript add-on. Firefox 3 with NoScript is the simplest, safest browser setup you can get at the moment. And just to be sure, I deliberately went to a really bad site to see what would happen. Firefox delivered. Take a look at the screen shot below.
Attack Site Blocked

So, if you’re still using any earlier version of Firefox. Upgrade now to Firefox 3. And if (heaven forbid!) you’re still using Internet Explorer, stop putting yourself at risk and switch to Firefox 3 now.

Have a safe and happy holiday season, both on and off the web!

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