Some Countries Are Starting To Crack Down On Insecure Software

For years, companies have been getting away with releasing bug ridden software without repercussions.

They use the patch system to clean up any mess that was not handled before the product was shipped.

This may be ok for when we talking about a product not working right, but if a product leads you to be unsecured, that is a different matter altogether.

A person’s security should not be at risk just because they used your software.

Sure, software insecurities happen, that is just part of computer life, but if your software has a chronic habit of having major security holes, then that is a real problem.

This sentiment is starting to grow and Microsoft and Adobe are starting to feel the brunt of these complaints.

Germany and France have released official statements about the issue – they are reported to have told their citizens, not to use Internet Explorer.

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Internet Explorer Issues

Microsoft’s problem with Internet Explorer started around 2001 which is when they decided not to update IE anymore.

They thought that all of the features that a browser would ever need was already included.

This was of course not true but they were, in my opinion, relying on their market share to help them make the point.

The real point of the proclamation was to get people who created web pages, to follow IE’s lead and make them IE compatible first.

Of course, as we all know, this plan backfired and Firefox was able to take a significant share of the browser market.

When Microsoft decided not to update the browser anymore, they also fell behind in patching security vulnerabilities that were in the software.

Since IE 6 was tied so tightly into the operating system, a security vulnerability in the browser could make the whole system unstable.

People have grown tired of the security issues that comes along with certain Microsoft products.

Yes, they are fixing most of them, especially the operating system, but because of some of their policies from the past, holes keep popping up.

Now, they have a new hole in the supposedly, extra secured, IE 8.

The hole allows attacker to have a remote code inject and execute on someone’s computer.

The attack is carried out by a web page that anyone can visit.

This hole was the final straw and some countries thought government intervention was in order.

Germany, and then France, issued a warning to all users of Windows operating system computers.

They told them that they should install and download Firefox.

According the government, it was the much more secured option.

Companies are going to have to take security more seriously.

It is becoming more of a problem, not less.

Some of Windows issues, such as legacy application usage, need to be addressed by the time of the next release.

If they are not, then countries will soon be doing more than sponsoring an alternative browser – an alternative OS may be next.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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