Internet Explorer is unsafe to use. Period.

We warn all our customers, especially our financial customers, to stop using IE immediately. This is not us being elitist or trendy, nor are we anti-Microsoft. By continuing to use IE as your default browser, you are putting your data—and potentially all of your customers’ data—at risk.

Here are the top objections from experts on why you should stop using IE now:

  1. It’s no longer supported by Microsoft
  2. It’s no longer secure (see the previous fact)
  3. Only 2.7% of the world uses it (as of Oct. 2018)
  4. The US government has repeatedly warned businesses to stop using it
  5. Not a single security expert on earth will recommend it
  6. Microsoft admits Chrome is safer and is making Chrome extensions!
  7. Even Edge, IE’s successor, is suffering from security exploits
  8. Many developers and agencies are recommending a 20% upcharge on any client using IE (or a 20% discount for switching to a different browser).
  9. Development time increases by 1/3—just to add code so IE can display the site properly
  10. It requires older javascript (ES5) to be compiled, adding significant load time (~30%) to the site which in turn costs you return visitors.

But don’t just go by our word, informed as we may be from real-world experience. Here are links to articles about the risks of continuing to use IE from known, credible sources.

USA TODAY:

Security risks swell for Microsoft’s Explorer: Using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser to surf the Internet has become a marked risk — even with the latest security patches installed.


THE TELEGRAPH

Don’t use Internet Explorer, warns US government: The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said in an advisory that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer “could lead to the complete compromise of an affected system.”


THE INQUIRER

US Government warns against Internet Explorer: The US Government has sent out a warning out to internet users through its Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), pleading users to stop using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.


TOM’S GUIDE

IE, Edge Users at Risk from Serious Browser Security Flaw: A Google researcher has disclosed a serious security flaw that could make Microsoft’s IE 11 and Edge browsers unsafe to use for the time being. Microsoft has not said when it will patch the flaw, leaving millions of people around the globe at potential risk.


TMB GROUP

Still Using Internet Explorer? Even Microsoft May Want You To Ditch It: Obviously, you don’t have to use a Microsoft browser at all, and Microsoft is perfectly happy to support other browsers. But if you are going to use a browser that comes with Windows, it’s only sensible to consider whether it really needs to be Internet Explorer.


ORTHOPRENEUR

Internet Explorer Killed Off by Microsoft: Microsoft is phasing out Internet Explorer, and here’s why you should, too: the classic web browser is no longer receiving security updates or bug fixes.


If your company is still using Internet Explorer, please share this post with your IT department. Your data is too important. Here are newer, safer browsers to consider:

  1. Chrome
  2. Safari
  3. Tor
  4. Opera
  5. Comodo
  6. Brave (highly recommended for security and privacy)

 

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