Firms Use IE6 to Stop Employees Wasting Time on Facebook

Microsoft Australia's chief security advisor Stuart Strathdee has said that Internet Explorer 6 was being used by several companies wanting to block access to sites like Facebook from the office.

The security expert explained that because IE6 is based on outdated technology, the now-aged browser fails to render advanced websites like Facebook and other social networking websites, making IE6 a popular choice for companies trying to prevent employees from time-wasting.

Stuart Strathdee said: “Companies are happy to stay with IE 6 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 recently abandoned support for IE6, rendering the browser obsolete. Since then, the software giant has been trying to persuade IE6 users to upgrade to newer versions.