Why You Should Ditch Internet Explorer YESTERDAY!
April 20, 2021 | By Jeff | In Tips & Advice
Microsoft Internet Explorer was the most popular browser for several decades. According to Wikipedia, Internet Explorer was once the most widely used web browser, attaining a peak of about 95% usage share by 2003. This came after Microsoft used bundling to win the first browser war against Netscape, which was the dominant browser in the 1990s.
However, if you are STILL using Internet Explorer as your main web browser today, STOP! Stop it right now! Delete it, clear your trash and never install or use it again. It’s trash. Period! Why, you ask? Sure, I’ll tell you. Here are a few reasons:
1. It Was Discontinued On January 12, 2016
As of 1/12/16, Microsoft no longer provided support and updates to this legacy browser. Even before this, it started becoming problematic and buggy as new web technologies rapidly emerged. Microsoft finally decided to put it to rest in 2016. That means that you will no longer get security updates or updates of any type whatsoever for new web languages or features. Do yourself a favor and uninstall it before it becomes a problem.
2. It Is A Magnet For Security Vulnerabilities
Since IE is no longer being supported or updated, it’s a giant magnet for viruses and security loopholes. Just like This One. Beware browsing online with this browser as you are a target for hackers and malware. Be assured, that you probably WILL download malware if you keep using this liability of a browser.
3. The Websites You Visit Will Look Lousy
Web design technology has come quite a long way since Internet Explorer first came out. Since it is no longer being updated, many websites you visit will not look right, and some will just plain not work. On top of that, most web publishers and platforms have outright stated that they will no longer write code to support legacy browsers like IE anymore. It’s like trying to get a thumbdrive to work on a walkman…….
4. There Are So Many New & Modern Browsers Out There
Let’s take Microsoft Edge first for example. It comes included now with Windows 10. It’s better, faster, and actually still supported. That means websites you visit won’t exploit your system, nor will they look like garbage. There are many others as well. Chrome, Firefox, and Opera are the best alternatives. I prefer Google Chrome because of its countless addons that you can install. Combine that with a Chromebook and you can extend the functionality of this budget laptop for many uses. But you do you. But whatever you do, DON’T DO INTERNET EXPLORER. THROW IT OUT! DO IT NOW.