Last month (February) saw Microsoft launch a campaign to persuade users to upgrade Internet Explorer; particularly if they are presently using version 6. A newer browser offers faster browsing, multiple tabs, improved security and better privacy settings.
With so called drive-by downloading a primary source of malware (viruses, rogue applications and spyware) and the continued threat of identity theft it is important users are using the most secure and up to date browser they can. Internet Explorer 6 was originally launched over 10 years ago, and despite regular updates is no longer suitable for the modern web (The new CNS Compass system doesn’t support IE6 for instance).
Despite the growing popularity of alternative browsers, including Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome, and the release of successors to IE6 (such as version 9 launched this March), a great many internet users continue to browse via the older platform.
Microsoft’s rallying call comes after governments in France and Germany openly spoke out against the browser last year, warning internet users to find an alternative.
The software giant hopes to reduce use of IE6 to less than 1% by the end of 2011. To support this campaign Microsoft have published “The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown” website and supporting materials.
Users looking for advice on which browser to use or assistance with installation should feel free to contact Albacore using the contact form on the website.