Government Ignore Secuirty Concerns With IE6

The government has refused to upgrade Internet Explorer 6 from running on most of its computers despite serious security concerns.

A spokesperson said in a recent statement, "It is not straightforward for government departments to upgrade IE versions on their systems. Upgrading these systems to IE8 can be a very large operation, taking weeks to test and roll out to all users."

This statement follows a petition sent to the prime minister several months ago asking the government to follow the German and French governments and upgrade the browser to a more secure version.

Although it is more cost effective to continue using the browser, many have said that because security issues have been raised, the govenment should make the switch to different software.

Currently however, the government have no intention of switching and instead want to continue to rely on other measures, such as firewalls and malware scanning software, to protect public sector internet users.

Despite these growing security concerns, research suggests that as many as 25 per cent of internet users continue to use the browser.

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