Microsoft's commitment to security still leaves experts recommending that users seek alternatives to Internet Explorer, such as Apple's Safari.

The security issues inherent in IE "have highlighted the need for companies to think about supporting other Web browsers on their customer-facing sites to control the security threat," warns Computer Weekly.

Major players such as the US Government CERT and non-profit Sans Institute are urging companies to consider supporting other Web browsers, such as Netscape, Opera, Mozilla and Safari.

One security consultant recommends using alternative browsers in all cases, except when visiting sites that only support Internet Explorer, which he calls "overly complex software".

Debunking arguments that it is difficult to offer support for other browsers, Ovum senior analyst Bola Rotiba said: "Tools like Dreamweaver MX allow you to produce a site for every platform available."