Microsoft: IE6 used as Facebook blocker

Businesses that want to block access to social networking sites are not upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer according to a Microsoft manager.

Businesses that want to block access to social networking sites such as Facebook are not upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE), according to Microsoft's Australian chief security adviser.

"[Companies are] happy to stay with IE6 because ... a lot of the social networking sites and the sites that they deem are unnecessary for work purposes, they're not going to render and function properly within [older versions of] IE," Microsoft's Australian chief security adviser Stuart Strathdee said.

Instead of using web filtering products or acceptable usage policies to prevent employees accessing such sites, they rely on weaknesses in the old browser, he said.sheet.

For more on this story, read Microsoft: IE6 used as Facebook blocker on ZDNet Australia.

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