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PC World says Opera is safer than either Internet Explorer or Firefox

January 25, 2007

In a recent issue of PC World magazine columnist Scott Spanbauer wrote about the importance of staying safe online while browsing. Here is what he had to say about the Opera browser:

“While no software is perfectly secure, many experts (including me) think the Opera browser is safer than either IE or Firefox.”

To be fair, it sounds like he’s basing it on the fact that Opera has a small market share, and thus malware authors aren’t targeting it yet.

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  1. January 25, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Putting the quote into a bit more context:

    “As the most widely used browser, IE provides the biggest payoff for malicious hackers who set out to exploit its flaws…. Mozilla’s Firefox is the most popular IE alternative. Unfortunately, Firefox’s growing popularity has enticed malware authors to exploit its own flaws. While no software is perfectly secure, many experts (including me) think the Opera browser is safer than either IE or Firefox.”

  2. Kamalesh
    January 26, 2007 at 1:27 am

    Nice to see the trade press mentioning Opera in a good light…or maybe even just “mentioning.”

    Given the development talent at Opera, even if it did have majority share, I think the flaws would be sparse, but the fixes would be quickly patched (as we’ve seen in terms of the numbers of days in the year that Opera is vulnerable — “time to patch” and “days of exposure.”).

  3. Sam Spade
    January 27, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Opera may be creating the patches but Opera users don’t deploy them, which is a BIG problem.

    Malware authors are going to be targetting Opera very soon, if Secunia’s “insecure” aka “unpatched” statistics for Opera are anything to go by – Opera’s low installation numbers are easily ignored when the bad guys get the benefit of a 99.85% unpatched ratio.

    13.68% of Opera 9.x insecure
    99.85% of Opera 8.x insecure
    80.41% of Opera 7.x insecure.

    Stats on display in the news pane at http://msmvps.com/spywaresucks

  4. January 28, 2007 at 2:32 am

    I personally think the vendor’s first duty is to at least make the patches available. No matter how well you keep up to date with other browsers, not all the problems are fixed.

    I’ve just compared Secunia’s data on patch rates – http://weblog.200ok.com.au/2007/01/browser-security-by-fix-rate.html

    That said, yes Opera does seem to have a problem there. But then I think all vendors should push security updates as aggressively as possible, users have to be forced into updates. Just the way it is I guess.

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