Sure, we know that Web browsers aren't the safest applications for protecting our PCs against viruses, spyware and other technological malfeasance. But at a U.C. Berkeley research talk given Thursday, an assistant professor of computer science illuminated the problem in numbers.
For people who use Microsoft's Internet Explorer to browse the Web, the picture wasn't good. In 2004, IE was "unsafe" a total of 358 days of the year, meaning that the browser contained a publicly known, remotely exploitable hole for which there was no patch available. That means IE was "safe" … Read more