Internet Explorer 6 u-turn for UK Home Office

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Do you still use Internet Explorer 6? I really hope not.

The facts should be clear as day: Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 6, and the creaky old web browser simply doesn’t provide anything approaching a sufficient level of defence with severely critical vulnerabilities left unpatched.

Microsoft itself has urged IE6 users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 (as a way of avoiding an attack by a zero day vulnerability). And yet still plenty of firms and organisations find themselves still running Internet Explorer 6.

The British Government has been strongly criticised for its unwillingness to upgrade from the insecure Internet Explorer 6, and I was one of thousands of people who earlier this year signed a petition to the Prime Minister calling on government departments to upgrade their browsers.

The answer at the time was that upgrading browsers was…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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