Government: Internet Explorer’s as safe as rival browsers

The Government has defended its decision not to warn people away from Internet Explorer, claiming there’s no evidence that pushing people to other browsers will make them more secure.

Government: Internet Explorer's as safe as rival browsers

“We take internet security very seriously,” the Cabinet Office says in a statement. “Complex software will always have vulnerabilities and motivated adversaries will always work to discover and take advantage of them.

“There is no evidence that moving from the latest fully patched versions of Internet Explorer to other browsers will make users more secure. Regular software patching and updating will help defend against the latest threats,” it concludes.

If everybody moves to a different browser, we’re only going to see the attackers target that instead

The advice was backed by security firm McAfee, which claimed that herding people en masse to another browser would only cause more problems.

“If everybody moves to a different browser, we’re only going to see the attackers target that instead,” McAfee spokesperson Greg Day told PC Pro. “The more popular something is, the more it’s attacked, and three months down the line we’d just see the same problem in that browser.”

“It doesn’t matter which browser people use, they’ll all have some level of weakness in them.”

The Government has come under scrutiny for its refusal to follow France and Germany in condemning Internet Explorer. The issue came to the fore when it was revealed that a flaw in Internet Explorer 6 was used by Chinese hackers to infiltrate Google’s systems.

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