Risk in updating internet browser

17-Nov-2017 09:23

From January 12th 2016, Internet Explorer will no longer be supported with the latest patches and updates, leading to a number of potential online security risks.

Users wishing to stick with Internet Explorer, dubbed IE, should move to version 11 to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest security patches.

This option runs the Active X control without updating or fixing the problem.

The next time you visit a webpage running the same outdated Active X control, you’ll get the notification again.

Over half – some 56 per cent – of respondents said they use Internet Explorer as their primary browser but only only 26 per cent will have made the switch by Microsoft's deadline.

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"Given the number of hacking scandals and security breaches that were reported in 2015 we were hoping to see an increase in the vigilance of individuals online.This option opens the app without updating or fixing the problem.The next time you visit a webpage running the same outdated app, you’ll get the notification again.Microsoft made the official announcement on its online support pages."Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates," it read."Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10."However some three-quarters of Internet Explorer users will not have upgraded their browser in time for the end-of-support deadline, research has shown.

A new survey from Camwood questioned more than 1,000 online users on whether or not they intend to make the switch to IE 11 today.Unfortunately, because many Active X controls aren’t automatically updated, they can become outdated as new versions are released.