A stronger cryptography protocol will be on offer in the next version of Internet Explorer, it has been revealed. IE7 will sport TLSv1 (Transport Layer Security) protocol in place of the inferior SSLv2 (Secure Socket Layer) protocol.

Microsoft reckons that only a "handful of sites" left on the internet require SSLv2. "Adding support for SSLv3 or TLSv1 to a website is generally a simple configuration change," said Eric Lawrence, an IE program manager.