UK Government: We’re sticking with Internet Explorer 6

Gulp. At the end of last week, along with thousands of other Brits, I received an email from the UK Government telling me that they had responded to a petition I had signed urging the Prime Minister to encourage government departments to upgrade from Internet Explorer 6.

You can read the UK Government’s response here.

In a nutshell, Her Majesty’s Government says it is more cost-effective to stick with Internet Explorer 6 (which has been dogged with security issues) rather than switch to an alternative browser or a more up-to-date version.

Too expensive, huh?

You have to wonder if that’s going to be considered an acceptable excuse by the general public when there’s a serious security breach that exploits a creaky old browser that’s been around since 2001.

Where’s the wisdom in sticking with IE 6 when Microsoft itself has urged users to…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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