Friday, January 29, 2010

It's time to say goodbye to IE6.

It can be hard to say goodbye to something familiar. A favorite toy, an old coat, a well-used picnic blanket... they all hold fond memories. But if Internet Eplorer 6 were an old coat, it would be a flammable polyester one infested with bugs, that was secretly giving you a rash every time you wore it. It's time to say goodbye to IE6.

The security breach at Google, amongst other locations, targeted computers that have IE6 installed, because they have so many security vulnerablities. IE6 is notoriously HTML non-compliant, so web pages can look substantially different on IE6 than they do on modern web browsers. (Test your browser, to see how standards compliant it is!) Because of its non-compliance and limitations, more and more companies are refusing to support IE6 browsers, including Google Apps, and more and more organizations are pushing people to upgrade, like the German Government.

IE8 is not perfect, and still has security vulnerabilities that are being discovered. But it is light years better. Like most modern browsers, it will warn you about phishing attempts, which protects not only from computer viruses, but also identity theft, and even the possibility of giving hackers access to your bank account.

If you have a custom application that requires the use of IE6, it may not be possible for you to upgrade your version of IE. If that's the case, please download Firefox, and use it whenever you are not using the custom application. The security holes in IE6 may mean that you are compromising all the data on your computer, or that spammers are using your computer (and your Pobox account!) to send spam and viruses, if you continue to use it for your daily browsing.

Nearly 90% of Pobox customers have already made the switch. We hope that you guys will spread the good word to friends and family members you might see using IE6, or even do them a favor, and help them upgrade their computer! For the last 10%, it's time to make the switch.

Yes, Jenn, I'm talking to you.

3 comments:

  1. Listen, IE 6 is comfortable, just like my old leather jacket that I don't throw out (though its lining has completely torn open and if you put money in a pocket, it falls to the ground).

    One of the two browsers on my machine has succumbed to malware that is persistent and horrible. It's NOT IE 6.0. It's FF! TAKE THAT!

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  2. Get a Mac and it will be "No Malware for you!"

    Seriously though, Safari for Mac gets 100/100 for the browser test linked above.WHat I like about APple browsers (and google chrome plus firefox as well) is that the browsers are written to support standards. WIth IE most companies who write apps "for IE" write to support the browser, and not the standard. It they wrote their app to the W3C standards, then (in the past) it used to fail with IE.

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  3. Please ignore my spelling mistakes in my previous comment. Not enough coffee, and too early in the morning.

    PS: get a mac, and free yourself from the shackles of Microsoft.

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