(Migrated weblog post from LSR)
I have been wanting to weblog about a particularly interesting news article that a while ago appeared in CNET: A safe browser? No longer in the lexicon where it puts together an interesting overview of why most web browsers out there are all vulnerable more or less to idle hands getting busy with them attacking their vulnerabilities.
Funny part of that interesting reading, to say the least, is that throughout the whole article browsers like IE, Safari and FireFox get commented on their potential security risks. However, Opera was not mentioned at all. Strange, right ? I guess I wasn’t the only one surprised to read about that because if you take a good look into the different comments quite a few folks have also indicated why was Opera left behind when all of us know that it is one of the most secure web browsers around.
I am not going to comment on the fact if this has been done on purpose or not, or if the author of the article didn’t think that Opera had enough user audience to be able to make it, I am just going to mentioned that, like one of the comments states, Secunia has got the perfect statement to bring into the table that will show end-users which browser is just state of the art as far as security is concerned:
“The Secunia database currently contains 0 Secunia advisories marked as “Unpatched”, which affects Opera 8.x.“
People can go now and say that idle hands do not focus on a browser whose market share is not good enough and to that I would say, that is fine, no problem. Opera users do not really care too much about statistics. What we do care for, though, is that we have a secure and reliable web browser we can use all the time in order to continue enjoying our own web experience. And people like the folks at Secunia do realise how important this is and despite those market share figures they still include reports on Opera on a regular basis indicating any security flaws it may have. And so far, like in previous occasions, they prove over and over again which one is the safest browser so far, and therefore still part of our lexicon.