It is recommended not to use internet explorer. But what is the reason? For talking about this issue, first let’s see what is internet explorer?
Internet Explorer (IE) is Microsoft’s classic web browser, originally released way back in 1995. For years, the terms Internet Explorer and web browser were essentially one and the same. IE came installed by default on every Windows computer, so nearly everyone with a PC used it. In the early 2000’s, IE held about 95% of the market share.
Why Not to Use Internet Explorer?
In fact, we’d say it should be your very last choice of browser. Here are the reasons:
1. It’s Slow
A popular complaint is that Internet Explorer simply isn’t as fast as the others. In fact, it is slower than competitors. There are some people who would argue this is just a subjective opinion. But it seems to be an opinion that an awful lot of people share.
There are things you can use to make it faster. But what’s the point when the other major browsers boast cracking performance from the get go without you having to mess with it?
You know when you try to open a web page, and it just thinks… and thinks… and thinks? So frustrating. 25% of users will actually stop trying to visit a web page if it takes more than 4 seconds to load. It is reported that IE took 9.88 seconds to load a new site. That’s a lot of frustrating waiting time!
2. It Is Buggy and a Security Nightmare
Perhaps not as obvious of an issue to the average Internet user was Explorer’s disturbingly bad reputation for being safe and secure. The browser faced all sorts of terrible bugs and holes and hacks over the years, putting users at risk. Also, it has delayed fixes and update schedules.
Security experts noted that issues sat unfixed for more than a year after Microsoft was made aware of the security hole. This is due to Microsoft’s protocol to tackle bugs on a fixed schedule which means IE users remain vulnerable to known issues until the next timetabled update.
3. Microsoft No Longer Supports Older Versions of IE
Microsoft stopped supporting versions 7, 8, 9, and 10 of IE back on Jan 12, 2016. That means there are no patches or security updates, which makes your PC more vulnerable to viruses and malware. But remember that you are able to detect malware in your computer or phone. There are also no more patches or fixes, which is bad news for software that has such a long history of bugs and oddities.
4. Glaring Security Issues
Internet Explorer has continually proven to be more susceptible to hacking than its competitors. In 2014, it was widely reported that hackers were using exploits in its coding to search users’ computers. This allowed them to discover what kinds of security software they were using and attack machines undetected.
As a result of this, both the UK and US governments advised web users to stop surfing with IE.
5. It Lacked Great Features (Especially Compared to Other Browsers)
Unless you count the ridiculously wide variety of toolbars that you could use with Explorer, the browser hasn’t really offered much of anything else in terms of features over the past several years. After IE6 was released in 2001, Microsoft got lazy. If you wanted to use cool apps and extensions or enjoy password and bookmark syncing, using Explorer was out of the question.
6. It Was Difficult to Uninstall and Switch to Another Browser
The only thing worse than a bad computer program is a bad computer program that is meant to be used with everything, yet difficult to switch to a different browser. Microsoft built Explorer right into Windows, so a lot of users simply accepted that they were stuck with having to deal with it.
In some cases, uninstalling Explorer is impossible. Trying to uninstall it may just revert it back to an older version.
7. Having Lots of Problems Displaying Web Pages Correctly
Remember images or icons appearing broken in IE? Did certain areas of websites look completely out of place? It was a common problem for everyone who used the browser. Also, one of the problems of many web developers probably spent many hours pulling their hair out over.
Microsoft failed to implement updates that could produce consistency across all versions of Internet Explorer. So if you noticed things looked terrible in IE, it wasn’t just you. It was Microsoft’s decision to ignore the need to keep up with web standards.
Which Web Browser Should You Use?
Thankfully, you have a lot more choices for web browsers today than just Internet Explorer. Let’s look at a few of the most popular options, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Obviously Chrome is the most widely-used browser. So it’s a solid, reliable choice. It’s fast and works on pretty much any device. Furthermore, it supports a ton of different extensions and customization like ad blockers, password manager, and productivity tools. This browser can be more resource-heavy than other browsers.
Firefox is another solid choice that works on just about any platform. After a major update last year, it’s faster and lighter than ever, making it a great alternative to Chrome. It also features advanced private browsing tools, if you don’t like the feeling of being followed around online. Moreover, you can download Firefox for your phone.
Mac and iPhone users are probably very familiar with Safari, which is Apple’s default browser. If you’re an Apple user and you don’t like Safari, it is too bad. Actually, you can install other browsers, but Apple doesn’t give you the option to change the default. Happily, Safari is a fast, competent browser that excels at integrating with various Apple products.
Edge is Microsoft’s new browser, replacing Internet Explorer. It’s faster, has a nice reading mode, and eliminates many of the problems that IE had over the years. The problem is, it’s not backward compatible with earlier versions of Windows. So if you have anything older than Windows 10, Edge isn’t an option for your PC. Also, keep it in your mind that it’s a Microsoft product, so Bing is the default search engine.
The Bottom Line
Internet Explorer has been slowly dying for years, and at this point, it just needs to go away. Regardless of which one you choose, any modern browser is going to be a big improvement. Especially if you don’t want to be plagued with bugs and security issues, it’s time for a change!