You’ve probably heard that the German Government has issued a warning to all Germans not to use Internet Explorer after a security flaw had been revealed. The flaw was revealed following the recent hacking of Google.
The warning from the Federal Office for Information Security comes after Microsoft admitted Internet Explorer was the weak link in recent attacks on Google’s systems.
Microsoft rejected the warning, saying that the risk to users was low and that the browsers’ increased security setting would prevent any serious risk.
However, German authorities say that even this would not make Internet Explorer fully safe.
I’ve been a bit busy today, so haven’t managed to post til now. But hello? Is our government aware this is an issue?
As an MP, we have no choice about what browser we get to use in parliament, in our electorate offices and on our laptops.
I understand that most government departments have Internet Explorer as their standard browser and that for many, their employees have no choice about what browser they use.
What does this mean for the security of the New Zealand government’s information and systems?
What about the multitude of other NZers who use Internet Explorer at home or in the workplaces?
Given what’s happened, wouldn’t it be a good idea for the government to say something? Or don’t they know what a browser is?