Internet Explorer has been around since 1995 and has been the go to browser for many. However, if you’re one of those that has been using it by default, that needs to change. Why? Microsoft has ended support as of the 15th June meaning no more security updates.

Security vulnerabilities will no longer be fixed and continuing to use Internet Explorer could mean opening up your computer to these dangers.

Alternatives to Internet Explorer

Anyone wanting to stick with a Microsoft based browser will now be directed to Microsoft Edge (holding a 5.83% share of the global desktop browser market), a faster, more secure browser. Alternatively there are other browsers available. Google Chrome (with a massive 77.03% share), Mozilla Firefox (7.69%) or for Apple users, Safari (8.87%) to name a few.

What are the benefits of other browsers?

We’re just going to focus on two of the big names in this article – Microsoft’s replacement for Internet Explorer – Microsoft Edge (now the default browser for Windows 11 computers) and Google Chrome.

Microsoft Edge:

  • Enhanced privacy with multiple privacy levels and private browsing
  • Be more organised with Collections – put web pages you visit into a group or ‘collection’
  • Capture full-page screenshots with the Web Capture tool
  • Vertical tabs – makes managing and organising your tabs easier
  • Sync across devices
  • Password manager
  • Add extensions for additional functionality and modification

Google Chrome:

  • Fast and reliable
  • Built-in security features
  • Tab groups – much like Microsoft Edge’s Collections allowing you to organise your tabs
  • Private browsing
  • Sync across devices
  • Themes including dark mode
  • Password manager
  • Add extensions for additional functionality and modification

So the bottom line is, if you are still using Internet Explorer, switch now, above all else for your safety and security. If you need help with your business cyber security book a 15 min chat with us to get started.

June 17, 2022 — Paul Stanyer