While Microsoft would like this campaign to focus on Internet Explorer 6 exclusively, I encourage everyone worldwide abandon Internet Explorer ENTIRELY. Newer variants of IE are more secure than IE6, but Internet Explorer remains THE MOST SECURITY VULNERABLE WEB BROWSER ON THE PLANET. In January 2010, the nations of France and Germany recommended ALL users avoid IE entirely until egregious security flaws were fixed. The English WikiPedia article “Comparison of Web Browsers: Vulnerabilities” reveals just HOW bad IE continues to be in terms of unpatched security vulnerabilities.
I think there are two primary reasons: Ignorance and laziness. Many people simply don’t realize they can use another web browser on their computer, or the advantages of using a different browser. Those advantages are not only restricted to security: They also include SPEED. I’ve found Chrome to be the fastest browser on Mac as well as Windows computers.
Laziness is another issue. It takes some time for an individual or an organization to download and install another web browser. Lots of folks still don’t realize it’s POSSIBLE to install alternate web browsers. That’s why Karen Montgomery and I included a chapter on “Web Browsers 101” in the chapter, “Redefining the Beginner” for Powerful Ingredients 4 Blended Learning.
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