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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Fan Site: "Microsoft's IE Suffers the Death of a Thousand Cuts"

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Fan Site: "Microsoft's IE Suffers the Death of a Thousand Cuts"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 07:50:30 +0100
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10 Reasons Why Microsoft's Internet Explorer Dominance is Ending


Microsoft's IE Suffers the Death of a Thousand Cuts


Users explore alternatives to Internet Explorer



Korea's Internet Is Mired in a Microsoft Monoculture

,----[ Quote ]
| The average computer user may not care whether
| it is ActiveX or something else that allows
| convenient and secure access. But that is
| misguided. In the event of worldwide Internet
| chaos, as was the case in January 2003 or
| during the DDoS attacks in July, Korea gets hit
| the hardest. Its online environment has become
| one where users habitually hit "yes" for every
| dialog box that pops up and install programs
| without a second thought.
| Koreans are the easiest prey in the world for
| hackers intent on spreading computer viruses
| and using zombies.
| Whenever Microsoft releases a new operating
| system, such as Windows Vista, or a new version
| of Explorer, only in Korea is there a fuss
| about previous versions not working. The
| country's closed and outdated computing
| environment is overly dependent on ActiveX.


the Security of Internet Banking in South Korea in 2010

,----[ Quote ]
| For those of you who have followed my blog,
| you know that it has been 3 years since I
| first reported on the fact that Korea does
| not use SSL for secure transactions over the
| Interent but instead a PKI mechanism that
| limits users to the Windows OS and Internet
| Explorer as a browser. Nothing fundamentally
| has changed but there are new pressures on
| the status quo that may break open South
| Korean for competition in the browser market
| in the future.
| [...]
| Dr. Keechang Kim of Korea University has
| been working tirelessly for many years to
| try to change the status quo in Korea around
| browsers and the reliance on a PKI mechanism
| that is tied to one platform. With concern
| being raised by different parts of the
| Korean government, including the Korean
| Communications Commission as well as the
| Office of the President of Korea, Keechang
| has gathered a very interesting panel of
| presentations for April 29th in Seoul.  The
| panelists will be addressing the (Korean)
| Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) which is
| the regulatory body in Korea that is
| currently mandating the PKI mechanism that
| is in place today (which requires Active-X,
| etc.)  Unless the FSS relaxes or changes
| their regulations, Korean banks cannot offer
| other mechanisms for Korean users to bank
| online, etc.  In short, unless the FSS
| changes their stance, nothing will change in
| Korea.
| [...]
| Thank you to Keechang and everyone in the
| OpenWeb.or.kr community for your tireless
| efforts to try to break open the Korean
| market. Thank you also to Channy Yun who has
| put aside his own schedule in order to
| participate and guide Lucas in Seoul.  There
| is still a long road to walk to an open,
| competitive market in S. Korea for browsers,
| but I am starting to see the light at the
| end of the tunnel.

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