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Internet Explorer Security Flaw

29-Apr-2014

Ask any web developer about Microsoft Internet Explorer and most will just groan in despair. But before any of our readers get the wrong idea, the purpose of this post is not to rubbish Microsoft, or its range of problematic browsers! (No, we'd never do that.)


IE versions have never been easy to work with from a developer's perspective and commonly web designers built websites that work just great in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari versions, yet look like a dog's breakfast in IE 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 and even 11.0. It's very much the odd-ball in the browser business and it drives us all to distraction having to write special CSS and JS 'fixes' to make a perfectly good website work properly for Uncle Bill's browser. But that's just an irritation.....


Microsoft has warned consumers that a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser could let hackers gain access and user rights to their computer.


Now the problem has just become a good deal more serious. IE is no longer safe, ("Was it ever?" I hear you ask), and any Windows XP users will find themselves out in the cold when it comes to help. If ever there was a time for corporates and individuals alike to consider changing browsers, it's today! Because all versions of Windows ship with one variety of IE or another, Internet Explorer has become "the browser of choice for the non-discerning". Techies will shy away from it like it's contagious; many home users have already discovered the pleasures of Chrome (speed, loads of great apps, stability, security etc) but much of the corporate world still seems stuck in a time-warp when it comes to moving away from IE. IT managers have considered it a safe bet. Time to think again?


The majority of web developers no longer support older versions of IE - with mobile/tablet design IE 9 is the current limit without excessive additional work. It's simply not economic; why should businesses pay to fix problems that are largely due to Microsoft's programming? To help raise awareness of older browsers and the need to upgrade (or migrate!), we are offering a small Siteglide add-on which detects the IE version and displays a polite message suggesting users upgrade or 'explore' other options. If this is of interest to you, please contact us for more details.


And for those pub quiz fans out there, here's a twister: if Microsoft Internet Explorer was born in 1995 and Google Chrome didn't arrive until 2008 why is Chrome on version 34.0 but IE only at 11.0? Funniest comment below wins a prize.

Robert Wakefield

Robert Wakefield

Robert Wakefield founded Siteglide in 2012 after having worked in the web design, SEO and IT sector since the mid-90's. Robert's main interests include website usability, visitor experience, SEO and website marketing in general.

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