I’m not a software expert other than the fact that I use it a lot, so I judge it based solely on its mindlessness — in other words, how little I have to think about it when I’m using it, plus how much I have to change my routine to accomodate it.
So far, three weeks into using Firefox as my browser, it’s a winner. It loads fast, it’s easy to use (and I have just begun to explore some of the features), and it seems to be a lot more secure than IE. One sign of that is that for the last three wees when I have run my spybot software, Ad-Aware SE, I have no “critical issues.” None. Zero. Zip. Nada. The Big Goose Egg. That compares to ten or twelve a day that I get at the office that is using IE.
I’m informed that since Firefox doesn’t have nearly the market penetration that IE does, the hackers haven’t bothered to try to hack into it, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s working, I don’t get spyware, and things are pretty much where I left them. Works for me.