Internet Explorer 'unsafe' for 284 days in 2006

Internet Explorer users were at risk for 284 days in 2006 because of delays in patching known flaws, according to a security blog. The report by the Washington Post, which was based on data provided by Microsoft and interviews with security researchers, found that the IE browser was unprotected for 78 per cent of the […]

Internet Explorer users were at risk for 284 days in 2006 because of delays in patching known flaws, according to a security blog. The report by the Washington Post, which was based on data provided by Microsoft and interviews with security researchers, found that the IE browser was unprotected for 78 per cent of the year.

This included at least 98 days in which no software fixes were available to plug browser flaws that were actively being used to steal personal and financial data. In comparison, Mozilla's Firefox browser had just one nine-day period last year during which a serious security hole went unpatched.