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France says “non” to using Internet Explorer

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Recently, the German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology had advised their citizens to stop using Internet Explorer. Whether they had an older version or the latest, the German Federal Office discovered some severe vulnerabilities in the browser security. Now France has taken similar measures and advised their citizens to switch from IE to a different browser. Versions of Internet Explorer including 6, 7, and 8 each contain a security flaw allowing hackers to control the browser remotely.

The Centre d’Expertise Gouvernemental de Réponse et de Traitement des Attaques informatique (basically the Central Government Intelligence agency of Response and Treatment of computer attacks) reached about to the French claiming an alternative browser would be safer. Alternatives such as Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Google Chrome have become popular at the expense of the once useful Internet Explorer. It will be interesting to see if any other countries follow similar paths as Germany and France.

Via [Mashable]

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  • Tim Acheson

    Any suggestion that other browsers or indeed any software is safe is pure nonsense. IE provides web access on over 90% of enterprise desktops. Obviously more usage means its more likely to be involved in incidents.

    Data Execution Protection is enabled in IE8 by default. Users and IT departments need to keep their software up to date.

    Even within any web browser there are other factors, e.g. the ubiquitous Flash plug-in in which countless security vulnerabilities have been identified in numerous versions. When a problem is detected in software, an update is released, which is why users much keep up to date.

  • Tim Acheson

    NEWSFLASH: ALL WEB BROWSERS HAVE SECURITY ISSUES, IT'S NOT JUST IE6.

    Many of the people posting anti-IE/anti-MS comments here and elsewhere seem to be under the impression that other web browsers are somehow holy or sacred. All web browsers have security issues, not just IE; but more people jump on the bandwagon when it's IE.

    "There is a critical JavaScript vulnerability in the Firefox 3.5 Web browser, Mozilla has warned."
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10287172-83.html

    "For the second time in two weeks, Google has shipped a new version of its Chrome browser to fix a pair of serious security vulnerabilities."
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3324

    There are numerous other examples, of course, for those who care to check the facts.

  • Zoltan Blum

    And how does the fact that all browser have security issues make it safer to use IE 6-8?