The most often read articles on Spyware Sucks (unique views) for 2007
As of today, the top 5 articles on Spyware Sucks for the Year 2007 are:
WARNING: Winfixer and Errorsafe being distributed via MSN Messenger banner advertisements (18 February 2007):
Helping HP Director software to play nice with IE7 (22 October 2006) (this is also number 5 for the year of 2007 for the entire msmvps.com blog roll - amazing):
FTP behaviour in IE7 (2 July 2006):
Diagnosing and resolving problems with Tabbed Browsing in IE7 (24 October 2006):
Heads up for SBS Sites using self-signed certificates (31 January 2006):
I have always believed that the popularity of a particular article is an excellent indicator of what are the biggest pain points out for IE7 users. The fact that an article from 31 January 2006 (SBS and self-signed certificates) is still in the top 5 more than a year after it went live is a very strong indication to me that the behaviour being discussed continues to be a big problem for IE7 users.
I don't believe there is any way around the self-signed cert issue that does not involve corporations spending money to purchase a certificate from a third party. Reality is that the bad guys use self-signed certificates, or certificates issued after only the most perfunctory of checks, to try and fool users into trusting them (or more precisely their sites) and we simply have to bite the bullet, face this fact, and adjust our thinking and behaviour accordingly. Also, over the years a misguided belief that the little security lock somehow proves that a site or site owner is trustworthy and not going to rip you off, has arisen that really does need to be addressed (hence the warning introduced with IE7 for when a site with self-signed certificates is encountered, and hence the appearance of Extended Validation (previously known as High Assurance) certificates).
Firefox also recognises that self-signed certificates are a problem, although they are not as strident in their warning as Internet Explorer is. Just like Internet Explorer, Firefox will not load an affected page until the user makes a decision about what to do with a warning that appears as follows:
Oh, and for those who may be interested, the number one article for 2007 (and 2006) for the entire msmvps.com blog roll is.... <<drum roll>>: