May 28, 2010

Businesses admit using IE6 to stop employees Facebooking

by Darren Allan

Having a computer and the net at work, which many folks do these days, is a double-edged sword for employers.

On the one hand, computer programs and resources on the web should drive productivity up. But on the other, there are a lot of ways employees can waste their time online.

36 Facebook updates everyday, for example, and an hour spent on Farmville, or perhaps tagging all those photos of last Saturday night.

Of course, what proper companies do is set up a firewall to block social networking sites and other distractions.

But it has emerged that sloppier IT departments have another, easier approach to the issue.

And that’s to keep using Internet Explorer 6. Forever. Simply because sites like Facebook and YouTube don’t work on IE6 properly.

So says Microsoft’s Chief of Security in Australia, Stuart Strathdee, who is evidently concerned about the use of an outdated browser that Microsoft no longer supports (thus it’s insecure).

We don’t doubt that he has a point, although persuading unorganised firms to upgrade may be an uphill battle, particularly when money is short for many.

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