Will bad publicity dent IE?

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has been the readily identified as a key instrument in multiple hack attacks, yet its still the world's web browser of choice.

In perhaps a world first, Germany has urged it internet users to avoid Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser. The move comes after an exploit was discovered in the browsers system the leaves it vulnerable to hacking.

Yet, it makes you wonder whether anyone will actually heed the government’s warning and will stop using IE.

It’s a valid point given that 33 per cent of the online population still uses Internet Explorer despite the numerous tales of IE being used as a gateway by hackers. For instance in January Microsoft admitted that it was an exploit in its browser that gave hackers an entry point into Google’s systems.

Internet Explorer is still the default web browser for most of the world’s computers, so perhaps that’s why its usage stats are so high. And as many cyber security experts would lament, the average citizen just doesn’t have a clue about cyber security, so they perhaps wouldn’t see a reason to switch browser for security reasons.

I’d wager that most switch internet browser for because they believe another one is faster, not safer.

On that note, today’s infographic, which was created by Dashlane and sourced from visual.ly, provides some tips on cyber security. If your using IE to view this page, it may be worthwhile reading up on it.

InvestSMART FORUM: Come and meet the team

We're loading up the van and going on tour from April to June, with events on the NSW central & north coast, the QLD mid-north coast and in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Come and meet the team and take home simple strategies that you can use to build an investment portfolio to weather any storm. Book your spot here.

Want access to our latest research and new buy ideas?

Start a free 15 day trial and gain access to our research, recommendations and market-beating model portfolios.

Sign up for free

Related Articles