Why you should stop using IE6…
If you’re still using Internet Explorer version 6 (or earlier) for public Web browsing it’s imperative that you upgrade as soon as possible to a modern standards compliant browser. It’s not hard to find lots of reading material regarding the myriad of security (and many other) issues inherent to Internet Explorer 6. For those who want to take my word for it, Internet Explorer 6 is an obsolete Web browser that is incompatible with the modern Internet and may present serious security risks. Using IE6 might be compared to driving a Model T down the 405 in LA. This analogy sounds a bit exaggerated but is really quite accurate in reflecting just how outdated and dangerous IE 6 is in the modern Internet Environment.
This is not just my opinion; there’s a consensus (including Microsoft itself) that IE6 users have clear and compelling reasons to upgrade. It’s easy to find this information through a Google search, but here are a few quotes and sources to get you started:
- Microsoft Security Advisory (979352): Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution.
- PC Magazine: Microsoft Warns of IE Flaw That Compromised Google
- ARS Technica: After Google hack, Microsoft asks users to abandon IE6, XP
- Information Week: France, Germany Say Stop Using Internet Explorer 6
- PC World: Google to End Support for IE6
- The Register: IE6 exposed as Google China malware unpicked
- Secunia reported 24 unpatched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 6 as of February 9, 2010. These vulnerabilities, which include several "moderately critical" ratings, amount to 17% of the total 144 security risks listed on the website as of February 11, 2010.
- ARS Technica: Microsoft warns of IE bug used in Chinese attacks on Google
- Open Internet Explorer, and look in the upper right hand corner it will often indicate "IE 6".
- To to help -> About Internet Explorer and look for a version number
How to get rid of Internet Explorer 6
Recommended: Install one of the following non-microsoft modern standards compliant browsers. During the upgrade process you will have the option to import your prior bookmarks from Internet Explorer.
Alternate Option: If you choose to upgrade to the newest version of Internet Explorer (not what I personally recommend) you can go to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer site and go initiate the download process for the most recent version of IE. When you upgrade your old versions are removed.