Originally Posted by Zeus
I work in IT. For business use, I have to use IE for certain apps/CMS systems. With web development you need to test deployment and code in a variety of browsers, and IE is still the dominant browser and if often interprets code differently from FF and others. Some dev code will only work in IE. So not using it isn't an option.
Hence I use IE on both my work and personal computers. I'm guessing many work environments do as well as there are licensing and support considerations tied to this. Some vendors will only qualify support and SLA agreements when using Microsoft certified products, from OS to browsers.
AVG runs very lean, if it even remotely affects a PC's performance, then there are bigger issues with said PC than AV software.
There are also sophisticated malware hijacks out there that can slip in through browsers and can and will infect an unprotected PC - even with browser security and add-ons enabled. To not run a free service that works well is not a good idea, IMO.
Just adding my $0.02...the more I learn, the more grey everything becomes...
I understand the pain
We finally killed off our older IE6 only web apps with some better home brewed web apps. After that ended we phased out IE6 for IE8 and basically switched over to it.
I agree with the sentiment that AVG is lean. It's a great program and I recommend to users all the time for a home environment. We have a special version of Mcafee for the campus, but after the whole miserable experience a couple of weeks ago AVG is just better to use overall.
However, a properly configured firewall will catch malware very quickly with outbound and inbound rules set up. Windows 7 has a pretty good built in firewall and the Tomato firmware for my Linksys router is just as good.
I think we can all agree though that backing up daily is important. Between 7 and 10.6 my terabyte enclosure is almost full.
Originally Posted by powerpig
Firefox isn't approved. The government uses IE except in certain circumstances. There are several security tools in place which I can't discuss.
At the Federal level you guys have some nifty tools in place. I have a vendetta against internet explorer, hence my hatred for it. I still hope though that your critical systems aren't connected to the outside world. I've read enough articles about power plants, hospitals, various alphabet soup agencies, etc connecting critical systems to the outside world.
What agency do you work for if you don't mind me asking or is it classified?