Firefox 2.0 appears to have a pretty major security issue with its password manager. As always, discussion in the Slashdot article’s comments thread is pretty funny, ranging from usual excusatory whining to some ascerbic, point-on blurbs. An example of the latter, from a comment titled “I sense a disturbance in the force”:
...as though millions of Firefox users were laughing at IE users, and were suddenly silenced.
Cue "still more secure" arguments now.
I love me some Firefox, but I’m not blithely accepting that it’s nirvana for security. One of the few things I disliked about the otherwise terrific book Building The Perfect PC was their ABM mentality on how everything Microsoft was evil and awful and you’d be sooooo much more secure by just installing Firefox and Thunderbird.
Sorry. Not the case.
Make smart choices in how you go about using your software, and don’t naievely think you’ve got a silver bullet just because the crowd says so.