Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Are You Part of the 1%?

No, this is not about the 1% that got the Occupy Wall Street movement going. This is about the 1% of U.S. citizens that according to Net Applications and Microsoft are still using Internet Explorer 6. If you are in that 1% or your school is still insisting on forcing students and staff to use IE 6, please consider the following.

Why you should update your browser.
As Microsoft itself announced last year, there are many security risks associated with using an outdated browser like Internet Explorer 6. To encourage people to move away from IE6 Microsoft launched IE6 Countdown to encourage people to update their browsers. Security issues isn't a problem limited to IE6. Older versions of other browsers like Firefox are also more susceptible to security threats.

Access to new features of new websites. Programmers launching new sites and services aren't designing their products for old browsers. If you're forcing teachers and students to use outdated browsers you're possibly preventing them from taking advantage of new educational resources.

How you can determine what browser you're using.
There is a simple way to determine what browser you're using; visit What Browser is a Google site that detects what browser you're using and displays that information right on the page in front of you.

What is a web browser?
Google explains the answer in the video below.

Can't see the video because YouTube is blocked where you're reading this? Wikipedia has an explanation of web browsers too.