Pennsylvania State University now urges all students to stop using Microsoft Internet Explorer and use an alternative web browser, such as Firefox, Opera, or Safari. This week the university, famous for its Nittany Lion mascot and graduates who seem to never forget their alma mater, took serious notice of the security issues caused by Microsoft’s flagship web browser and took the public step of recommending students use an alternative. The university’s decision is based on reports in the media and a long series of warnings by Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Emergency and Response Team Coordination Center (CERT/CC).
I applaud Penn State’s decision to publicly support using more secure web browsers. Now, will other universities follow the Nittany Lion’s lead?
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