“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
– Mark Twain
This is (still) not the case in the USA, but Firefox became the most popular bowser in Europe in January 2011, beating even Internet Explorer. It may be because Windows 7 is there sold without Internet Explorer due to European anti-trust laws, or perhaps because it is just plain great. Whatever the reason, to me this means that soon there will be as many exploits, malware and hackers focusing on Firefox as there are for the Internet Explorer, so last year I already moved away from using it as my main browser and I started using other less popular browsers to lower my chances of picking up some bugs. Of course, this is only a personal view and a self-protection measure of an ex network and anti-virus engineer who used to be a “professional paranoic”. Firefox is still an amazing browser and I’m not hereby inviting anybody to uninstall it, as I still use it for testing and for administration of sites that require it. In fact, version four which I’ve been using for a while (released in March 2011) is much faster than earlier versions, as fast as Chrome. There are good reasons behind its growing popularity.