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    Should unwavering and loyal Netscapers change to Netscape 8?

Serious Virus Infection !

Where to Go After Netscape 8?
 by Richard Rossbauer

Should unwavering and loyal Netscapers who have stayed with that browser thru
the many releases up thru 7.2, change to Netscape 8, or would they be better served
to use Mozilla Firefox?

I was preparing to download Netscape 8 yesterday (the day after its release) until
I read the ZDNet
™ May 20, 2005 news report by Joris Evers that Netscape already had to
release an update to fix several serious security flaws, on the day after release!

Turns out that Netscape 8 is based on version 1.0.3 of the Firefox browser. That version
was updated to 1.0.7 (as of this writing) by the Mozilla team to fix vulnerability flaws -- the ones that Netscape had to repair so they could reissue their browser as Netscape 8.0.1.

What now? I'll bet there aren't many loyal Netscapers who subscribe to the news services
that follow and announce problems, such as these.

How will they be made aware of future security threats? Even if Netscape provides
automatic notification to its users, will they respond? Do grandparents, teeners,
and in-betweeners want to get involved in all of this confusion?

I'll bet not.

Although I've switched to Mozilla's Firefox (updated to version 1.0.4 as of this writing),
Internet Explorer 6 is still on my computer because I can't get rid of it. Netscape 7.2 is
my backup browser.

Then there's the AOL 9.0 Security version. It's more than just a browser, but whenever
I use it, I'm comforted to see their spam, virus and spyware monitors go into action.
Trouble is, I prefer to use other Internet Service Providers (ISP's) for my email, website,
and news letter activities.

Does AOL have the answer for the broader group of everyday Internet users?

Maybe, if these subscribers have the patience to find and add a Firewall. Again, not really
an easy task -- lots of choices, which to select, use a free or purchased product,
where to find it, how to set it up, and on and on.

I believe it's going to take a lot of time, money and dedicated effort to rid the Cyberworld
of the criminal scourge of spyware, viruses and the like. Maybe it'll never actually happen.

Some Internet users are more aware of the problems and how to minimize these threats.

I believe it's up to us to help those websurfers and Internet users who are less aware.
A great place to start is with family, friends and peers. Helping them avoid the spyware
traps, scams, and other malicious stuff will help us, too.

Encourage them to visit and learn from helpful websites, newsletters and reports. Our website and
Security Alert News Reporter will give
them a good, safer start.
   ... Richard Rossbauer
Richard started his "Firewalls and Virus Protection" website and "Security Alert News Reporter" to help everyday Internet users navigate safely through the Cyber Space that has become a 'Cyber Jungle', loaded with ambushes and booby traps. He promotes his "Computer Security Awareness Campaign" thru his website at

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