Don't Have Internet Explorer 11? Then Watch Yourself Online

Microsoft has announced that the Internet Explorer web browser ("IE" for short) prior to version 11 will no longer receive security updates after January 12th, 2016. IE 11 is the current version for Windows 7 and 8 users.

What does that mean, in practical terms? Well, IE 8, 9 and 10 will still work; you can still use them to browse the Web. However, the risk of getting caught by new malware or other security issues will increase pretty dramatically as time goes on.

Not only are the older versions of IE not going to be updated, but future patches sent out for IE 11 will often give clues to the Bad Guys about vulnerabilities in previous version of IE. Security issues tend to be cumulative, and new versions of IE still retain a lot of the code from the old versions.

If a piece of code has a problem in IE 11 and is patched, there is a pretty good chance that the same code, or something similar, exists in IE 8, 9 or 10 and they will NOT be patched, so...

So, either update to IE 11 if you can (XP users cannot upgrade beyond IE 8, sorry), or install and use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your primary web browser.

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