January 12th 2016 has been dubbed Internet Explorer doomsday. Microsoft will be releasing the final path update for the browser this month and will be ending all future support for versions 8, 9 and 10.Internet_Explorer_logo

Upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge has never been more essential. This end to ongoing support for older versions of the browser means that users will become vulnerable, upping their risk of falling victim to cyber crime. The absence of regular updates also makes users much more susceptible to attacks from hackers.

To make personal security worse; hackers will be well aware of the imminent end of Microsoft’s upkeep of Internet Explorer versions and are likely to focus their efforts on internet users that still use the weakened browsers.

Tuesday’s final patch will provide fixes to the last couple of bugs, whilst also sending an ‘End of Life’ message to users, encouraging them to upgrade to the company’s newer browsers, IE 11 and Microsoft Edge.

This move is not out of the blue. Microsoft announced that support to IE 8 and 9 would be ending last summer, and previous to that, the company demoted the browser to ‘legacy level’ which indicated that its days were numbered.

If you are still using older versions of Internet Explorer, then you are not alone. It is estimated that several hundred million devices are still using an older browser, which is far more than the company anticipated at this point in time.

Microsoft are keen to stress the severity of the risks that people who continue to use the browser will be exposed to, and have made the installation processes as simple and user-friendly as possible.

If you are still using IE 8, 9 or 10, we do recommend changing to Microsoft Edge or upgrading to IE 11. When Microsoft’s support for the browser ends, the increase in cyber threats should not be ignored. When downloading updates and new versions of IE or Edge, we recommend that you only download them from Microsoft’s office website.

If you need any advice or support surrounding your browser usage and your internet security, please contact us on 01522 883636 or email sales@scstechsolutions.co.uk, and we’ll be happy to help.