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To keep yourself safe, don't use an out-of-date browser.

Maybe should read:  To keep yourself safe, don't use Internet Explorer ;)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <stephen at melbpc.org.au>
To: <oz-teachers at rite.ed.qut.edu.au>
Cc: <link at anu.edu.au>
Sent: Monday, May 17, 2010 5:43 PM
Subject: [LINK] Microsoft Australia

> Hi all,
> Microsoft Oz is asking people to switch to their IE version 8 browser ..
> <www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/16/microsoft_rotten_milk_ie6_upgrade/>
> . 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
> operations.
> 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 ..)
> <http://www.microsoft.com/australia/technet/ie8milk/Default.aspx>
> When Internet Explorer 6 was launched in 2001, it offered cutting-edge
> security - for the time.
> Since then, the Internet has evolved and the security features of
> Internet Explorer 6 have become outdated.
> With state-of-the-art 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 out-of-date browser.
> --
> Cheers,
> Stephen


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