Here's To The Fox

by Ivor Soans    Nov 19, 2004

The quick brown fox is jumping ahead by leaps and bounds.

I’ve been using Mozilla Firefox beta versions for months now, and was thrilled to see version 1.0 of the browser go live. Firefox’s first stable release has exceeded Mozilla’s initial targets for downloads and has been received with applause all over the globe.

Why Firefox? It’s simple. First and foremost, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is a recognized security headache, and with spyware, adware, trojans and the like all looking to set up home in the innards of my PC, I’m pretty sure having a flimsy door that keeps developing cracks isn’t the right approach to security.

Then there’s speed. While Firefox is a memory hog of sorts, it is blazingly fast as compared to Internet Explorer. And then are features-tabbed browsing is my favorite one, but chances are you might like something else.

There’s more. While with IE I’d be busy plugging holes that seem to appear faster than I can plug them, I can rest easy on the security front and admire the scenery–thanks to the developer community behind Mozilla, there are lots of useful third-party add-ons that I can use.

Of course, quite a few go for the fact that Firefox is based on Open Source-code that’s built from the ground up and is accessible by anyone who wants to look under the hood. As a non-developer, I haven’t spent sleepless nights over IE’s proprietary code, but as a CXO, that may matter to you.

Thus, if you’re an enterprise IT manager, you should look at Firefox very closely indeed, if you haven’t implemented it yet. I believe that security is the biggest reason why enterprise IT managers should consider Firefox. Want to put a stop to SOS calls from users who’ve been dumb enough to fall for an IE exploit? Want some more peace and quiet and a chance to let the hair you’ve been pulling out grow back? Consider Firefox.

I’ve been following a recent thread on a reputed Indian mailing list that details the experiences of some cybercafe administrators. Arguably, few PCs are as abused as cybercafe PCs-you have everyone from pimply teenagers salivating over porn and inadvertently downloading adware to lonely souls who believe that an e-mail that comes with a subject line that screams “I love you” actually could be God’s answer to the lack of love in their lives. Guess what quite a few cybercafe owners are doing today? Well, it doesn’t solve all their worries, but they’re far more at peace now and their PCs don’t go kaput as often as they used to.

Whichever way you look at it, it does seem like moving to Firefox is a smart move. The clincher for me is the CXOtoday.com audience, which comprises some of the smartest enterprise IT brains in the country. Consider this: Globally, Firefox has a market share of around 3-5 percent already, but over 26 percent of our readers use Firefox/Mozilla browsers to access their daily dose of technology business intelligence at CXOtoday.com. You can’t hope for better peer group approval.