Phasing Out Internet Explorer 6 Is The First Step Towards Closing A Big Security Hole

IF you have any knowledge about the workings of the Internet, you would know that the browser, Internet Explorer 6 from Microsoft, is reviled.

Web designers and programmers hate it, because most of the tricks that the other browsers can do, it can not.

This is because Microsoft did not follow the standards the other companies did when they released it.

They tried to have the others follow their lead instead of cooperating with the community.

Since everyone who received a copy of Windows XP also received IE 6 they had this power.

But the standards that they did not follow, are only a small part of what was wrong with the browser.

The browser itself was tied deeply together with the operating system.

IE6 needs to disappear for good

Security Hole

This left a huge security hole in the OS.

This is why not only do web designers and programmers hate it, but security professionals do as well.

Over the past couple of years, there have been numerous security problems with that particular browser.

So much so that it was constantly on every security professionals worst browser list.

When you have this much hate for a product, you know that there is a problem.

A big reason that the browser is under so much fire now is because of a bone headed decision by Microsoft a couple of years ago.

Since they decided that they had won the browser wars they made a company wide decision not to update the browser anymore.

They though it was fine as it was.

This led to a big opening, which Firefox, the ghost of the old Netscape browser, gladly decided to fill.

Microsoft has stepped up the security in their later browser offerings, but the problem is that there is still a large amount of people who use IE 6.

For a long time, all of the major corporations would take these people into consideration.

Now, they are starting to ween off of them.

IE 6 Support Coming To An End

Google has just made an announcement, that several of their major products will not offer IE 6 compatibility.

Also major web sites such as Digg are also thinking about not supporting the browser anymore.

Even the parent company, Microsoft, is trying to get people to upgrade their browser to IE 8.

Still the numbers of people that use IE 6 is still at about 20% of all web users.

That is a lot in the web world.

The sooner that people stop using IE 6, the safer they will be.

They will no longer be using a browser that is so tied to their operating system that an exploit could render their whole machine useless.

Also companies that still use IE 6 for their Intranets will see the writing on the wall with these web sites cut off.

They will soon upgrade their browser offerings as well.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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