French government warns against using MS Explorer

“France has echoed calls by the German government for web users to find an alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to protect security,” BBC News reports.

“Certa, a government agency that oversees cyber threats, warned against using all versions of the web browser, ” The Beeb reports. “On Friday, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security issued a warning against all versions of Internet Explorer and recommended that users switch to an alternative…The French agency Certa issued a similar warning.”

The Beeb reports, “Microsoft is currently working on a patch for the problem, but a spokesperson said it could not commit to a timeframe.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Once again, if you have a choice (i.e. no IT doofus standing over your shoulder dictating stupidity) and are still using Internet Explorer, STOP IMMEDIATELY! Go get yourself a real Web browser.

MacDailyNews Note: Today is Martin Luther King Day, a U.S. federal holiday. The markets are closed today in the U.S. and many people have the day off. Consequently, we expect news to be light, although we do hope to bring you Apple-related news throughout the day.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike C.” for the heads up.]

27 Comments

  1. Hahaha ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    safari ftw! – btw MDN – nice touch with the download link to safari beside the article ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. “MacDailyNews Note: Today is Martin Luther King Day, a U.S. federal holiday. The markets are closed today in the U.S. and many people have the day off. Consequently, we expect news to be light, although we do hope to bring you Apple-related news throughout the day.”

    Another holiday for gummint shirkers & unions. How many is that in a year?

  3. Agree with @Tommy Boy’s post: “Where was this warning a decade ago when it would have done the world some good?”

    You’d think our government would have gotten involved like they did with tobacco and passed a law that MS products must come with a warning label…

    “WARNING: Use of Microsoft products may be dangerous to your secured information, personal identity and overall sanity!”

    Or something similar… Feel free to come up with your own warning!

  4. sadly i think there are some u.s. government sites that require explorer for filling in values. i am not sure if you can trick the sites into thinking safari is explorer. if you can trick these sites then it is doubly sad: (1) the feds are telling people to use explorer and (2) a lot of people don’t know they can work around this.

  5. If you folks will will stop typing “alot” I will stop typing “afew” and “abunch”. None of them are words. But just look how far things go just because nobody tries to stop it. Stupid seems to win every time. What does that say for a society?

  6. A related article on CNN noted that France originally misunderstood Germany’s warning and surrendered. Belgium responded by closing its borders for the afternoon.

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