Internet Explorer 2006 – 9 Months of Vulnerability

If you use Internet Explorer (IE) on Windows it appears that you spent 9 months open to being hacked on your computer.

For a total 284 days in 2006 (or more than nine months out of the year), exploit code for known, unpatched critical flaws in pre-IE7 versions of the browser was publicly available on the Internet. Likewise, there were at least 98 days last year in which no software fixes from Microsoft were available to fix IE flaws that criminals were actively using to steal personal and financial data from users.

On the other side, Firefox had a single 9 day window of vulnerability to an exploit.