Microsoft's Browser Under Fire In Europe

Tuesday Jan 19th 2010 by Staff

French and German officials posted notices this week warning their countries' citizens not to use Internet Explorer.

Wall Street Journal: In a response to the Chinese attack on Google and other U.S. companies which exploited an Internet Explorer vulnerability, French and German officials posted Web site notices recommending that people switch to other browsers. Apparently some computer users are taking the warning seriously, because German downloads of the Opera browser doubled to 18,000 per day over the weekend.

As expected, Microsoft disagreed with the recommendations. They suggested that Internet Explorer users instead switch to the latest version of the software or set their security settings to "high," both of which would eliminate the vulnerability.

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