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. I worked as a contractor for the Feds for 13 years and they would have nothing to do with any other browser than IE, despite what we all told them about the compromised security. It’s both a question of misappropriation of funds (i.e. tax dollars) and plain ignorance on the part of the gov’t bosses who make the final decisions. Mantra: better to go with the devil they know, than jump their shadow and try something new/different. It’s like spitting in the wind with them….

    Case in point: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/75965-white-house-blames-inefficient-government-on-outdated-technologies

  2. Yes, in my experience, the feds REQUIRE Internet Explorer use by grant applicants, for example. Simply idiotic, but I’m sure it’s a good idea to entrust our personal health care to them…

  3. It’s not just the IT departments which require IE… It is also the STUPID companies and government agencies which code specificly for IE. I cannot keep track of the number of sites my clients hit which require IE and just recently one which required a version below 7.

    Each time I run across these sites, I take the time to contact the company and educate them to the fact that IE is losing share and they are missing upwards of 30% of the internet users.

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