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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Getting rid of IE6 - civil servants please ignore this.

This notice from PayPal caught my eye today in relation to safe web browsers. Getting on my hobby horse again (see previous post on this topic), I wonder when the UK public sector are going to wake up to the fact that the vast majority of government staff (central and local) have no other choice but to use Internet Explorer 6. IE6 is no longer supported by Microsoft, does not benefit from the latest security software patches, is not supported by a growing number of social media websites (e.g. YouTube, Flickr), does not comply with W3C standards, and is the antithesis of a web productivity tool. I had hoped that Socitm might take up the campaign to get IE6 replaced - or to at least to support the concept of staff having an alternative to IE6 in the workplace - but they remain strangely silent on this issue, despite the fact that this could be one of the most significant staff productivity improvements available to the sector -to say nothing of the improved security.

So, sorry civil servants, you can ignore the remainder of this post since it is clearly of no relevance to you. Best just to think of 'phishing' as something that people do with a rod and line!

If you are not using the latest versions of internet browser, you’re putting yourself at risk. PayPal and the next-generation of web browsers, support anti-phishing technologies. These safer web browsers make it easier to spot web forgery (commonly called “phishing”) and alert or block you from entering personal information that may lead to identify theft.

Download Firefox 3, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 8

Firefox, Google Chrome and the latest versions of Internet Explorer have built-in features that alert you when you're on a fraudulent site. This means if you accidently click on a fraudulent email, you'll be alerted and warned before the page opens.

Check that you're using the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer by clicking the browser's 'Help' button and selecting 'About'. If you're ready for an upgrade, click on the links below to download and install.

Download Chrome
Download Firefox

Download Internet Explorer

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