France and Germany warn web users against Internet Explorer

This past week is not going to go down as one of Microsoft's best weeks in history. First it had to admit that security holes in its Internet Explorer

This past week is not going to go down as one of Microsoft's best weeks in history.

First it had to admit that security holes in its Internet Explorer browser played a part in a recent phishing attack on Google, and now two big European countries are openly advising their web users to choose an alternative browser to protect their security.

Both France and Germany have issued the warning, after details of how to exploit security holes in some versions of Internet Explorer were posted online.

Microsoft, however has said that simply upgrading to the latest version of IE will guard against any security problems, stating the malicious code was only targeting IE6.

It went on to describe IE8 as the "most secure browser on the market" – a claim somewhat overshadowed by Graham Cluley from security firm Sophos claiming that there are still security loopholes in IE8 that could be accessed with a little change of the code published for IE6.

Microsoft has said it is working on a patch for the problem with IE6, but there's no news on when it'll be ready.

If you're an IE user, upgrading to the latest version is certainly your first port of call – or will you follow the advice of Germany and France and jump ship altogether? Let us know your thoughts on Internet Explorer below.

Via: BBC

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