[LINK] Microsoft Australia
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Mon May 17 17:43:13 AEST 2010
Microsoft Oz is asking people to switch to their IE version 8 browser ..
. Microsoft Australia wants you to download IE8 .. IE6 is used by nearly
18 per cent of web surfers.
According to Microsoft's Oz site, (below) one in eleven Australians will
fall victim to online fraud this year, losing money or personal data.
Australians lost $36m in Nigerian email scams in 2008, while most victims
of scams are too embarrassed to tell the police and half too ashamed to
tall anyone, the world's largest software company said.
Microsoft has flagged up IE8 features missing in IE6 and IE7, features
designed protect users. These include built-in cross-site script filter,
anti-malware protection, and domain highlighting.
Fair enough, Microsoft, but you'd do well to target not just individuals
but companies and governments that cling to IE6.
If Australia is anything like the US and Europe, politicians, branches of
government and even theoretically forward looking tech giants such as
Orange continue to use the horribly dated browser internally for their
They remain on IE6 because important applications work with it, and
moving is seen as taking too much time, money, or effort.
Microsoft also took the opportunity to direct IE6 users away from Firefox
3, Safari 4, Chrome 2, and the Opera 10 beta, quoting NSS Labs research
that claimed IE8 caught "socially engineered" malware 85 per cent of the
time compared to 27 per cent, 21 per cent, seven per cent and one per
cent for the competition.
That particular swipe comes as Microsoft's share of the browser market
continues to drift southwards. It dipped below 60 per cent for the first
time in more than a decade last month, as Firefox holds onto a quarter
and Chrome continues to explode. That's despite the release of IE8 ...
(And, Microsoft Oz say ..)
When Internet Explorer 6 was launched in 2001, it offered cuttingedge
security for the time.
Since then, the Internet has evolved and the security features of
Internet Explorer 6 have become outdated.
With stateoftheart security features, Internet Explorer 8 is designed
to cope with today's modern cyber crime.
In fact, research studies prove it. In a study by NSS Labs, Internet
Explorer 8 caught socially engineered malware 85% of the time, compared
to Firefox 3's 29%, Safari 4's 29% and Chrome's 17%1.
To keep yourself safe, don't use an outofdate browser.
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