CyberTech Rambler

January 20, 2010

Do not take advice at face value

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 7:21 pm

France and Germany warned their nationals not to use Internet Explorer for the time being until Microsoft fix a security hole. It appears people do listen to those advice, as TheRegister reports that download of alternative browsers has spiked upwards.

It is wise, if you are using IE exclusively, to download another browser and have it as a backup. The same applies whether you are using Safari, Firefox or Opera or any browser for that matter. Today, IE has a serious problem, tomorrow? May be Firefox, may be Safari, or any other browsers.

While I leave it to the respective government to decide whether a warning against any browser is warranted, I believe the current advisories missed an opportunity to tell users to have more than one browser at hand and be prepare to switch between browsers when necessary.

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