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Recommendations from French and German governments on switching away from IE

Sophos : 19 January, 2010  (Technical Article)
Swapping browsers to avoid the recent unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer may cause other problems to arise through using an unfamiliar browser, according to Sophos
IT security and data protection firm, Sophos, has commented on the French Government's advice to its citizens to stop using Internet Explorer until a critical security vulnerability in the browser is resolved. France's move follows this weekend's recommendations from the German government to do the same, after the unpatched security hole was blamed for the attack announced last week against Google and other companies.

'It looks like governments in Europe might be falling over themselves to advise the public and official departments to stop using the world's most popular internet browser until Microsoft manages to rustle up a fix for this critical security threat,' said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. 'But switching rashly away from Internet Explorer might be a mistake. Some users may be unfamiliar with a different browser and cause support problems, and some web-based applications may not work at all if you're not using Internet Explorer.'

'Switching browsers only makes sense if you really know what you are doing with the browser you are swapping to. It may very well be a case of 'better the devil you know',' continued Cluley.
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