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Mozilla Firefox security dumber than IE

posted Mar 17, 2011, 7:53 AM by Jaco Vosloo   [ updated Apr 5, 2011, 6:55 AM ]

I don’t know how to say this, it is so ghastly, so gut wrenchingly stupid that I just can’t find the words…

According to the security specialists at Mozilla, HTTP is more secure than HTTPS!  The Firefox browser will happily allow you to access an HTTP website and send your passwords in clear text but if you dare to access an HTTPS website with even the slightest problem with its certificate, Firefox freaks out and tells you that this is the worst mistake you have ever made. You are not allowed to access this website without signing away your life.  

It gets even worse, if you happen to go to a website like this against its wishes, Firefox behaves like a spoilt child and stops telling about any kind of security risks with this website.

Here is Firefox throwing its toys:


Here is Firefox after I said I still want to go to the website, it now marks the website as completely trusted and secure (see the blue bar in the left corner of the address bar and compare it to the Mozilla website’s blue bar.)

 






In comparison, here is Chrome giving an extreme but still manageable warning about the website:


And after asking chrome to continue, it still shows me that the website is insecure in the left of the address bar.

 

Even IE8 got it right, now it makes you wonder how on earth did Mozilla get it so wrong?


In closing, Mozilla stop telling me an insecure site is secure and stop thinking you know better than me what I want.  I switched to chrome once before because of this, this time I might just slash your tires...


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