Microsoft announced this week that it’s officially dropping support for most older versions of its Internet Explorer browsers. What does this mean in simple terms? Well, no more security updates for hundreds of millions of Windows users around the world.
What versions are still in widespread use? Amazingly, Microsoft has been supporting 5 versions of IE: IE 7, IE8, IE9, IE10 and IE11. On top of that, they released a brand new browser architecture call “Edge” with Windows 10. The latest report kills off IE 7 and IE 8, leaving only IE 9, 10 and 11 officially supported.
It’s extremely unfortunate that there’s no “kill switch” for outdated and unsupported versions of IE. Consumers and businesses who never got around to upgrading to the latest IE version can continue browsing with their old, unsupported code. As each month passes, the likelihood of an attack (that targets unsupport exploits) goes up.
Perhaps the biggest concern is the large outstanding base of Windows 7 users. When it shipped back in late 2009, it included IE 8.
As a best practice and to ensure that you’re not a victim of new exploits in the older browser code, it’s strong recommended that you upgrade to a new browser.
At Title IO, we recommend Google Chrome, FireFox or Microsoft Edge for the fastest, most secure browsing experience.