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The aim of IT Workshop designed sites are that the content should be available to any browser correctly implementing W3 standards. For their own security and surfing pleasure, we strongly recommend users of Microsoft Internet Explorer should consider using a different browser. We recommend Firefox.

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Reasons why you should change today!

1. Microsoft Internet Explorer has had numerous security holes. Such security lapses were raised by organisations such as CERT (the Computer Emergency Readiness Team, US Department of Homeland Security), "Microsoft Internet Explorer does not adequetely validate the security [of websites]...An attacker could exploit this vulnerability". The UK's NISCC (National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre) and others have issued warnings (See BBC News release: http://news.bbc .co.uk/1/hi/technology/4440161.stm)

2. Microsoft Internet Explorer has had a disregard for Web Standards. As a result, information was not displayed correctly. Standards exist because the internet is a global phenomenon. They help someone surfing the internet in Canada to see the same web layout as that in France or Thailand (language variations excepted!). Without standards designers would have to provide a multitude of pages for different browser types both in HTML and CSS.

3. Microsoft IE was introduced in 1995. Other browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Opera have come a long way since then while IE has struggled to keep up.

The alternatives (Windows/Generic)

Apple Macs

For a comprehensive list of mac browsers visit: www.pure-mac.com/webb.html

For PowerPC's visit Tenfourfox: www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/

RISC OS

Linux i686

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