Internet Explorer 6 is an older version of the browser, which despite a large number of security and display problems, is still used by a large number of people. If you're still using it, it's time to upgrade! Read on to find out why and how.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (commonly abbreviated to IE6) was released in 2001, and comes as standard with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. It was superseded by Internet Explorer 7 in October 2006, but is still used by some 19% of web users, making it the third most common browser. The latest version, Internet Explorer 8, is due for release in 2009.
Almost all software contains bugs, but some more than others. There are currently (as of January 2009) 142 known vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 6, 22 of which do not have an update available. This is in contrast to Firefox, which has only 34 vulnerabilities, and Opera which has 15.
Many security experts recommend that users stop using Internet Explorer and switch to a different browser completely. PC World named Internet Explorer 6 number 8 on their list of the "25 worst tech products of all time" in 2006.
If you're still using Internet Explorer 6 it's time to change.
The good news is that it's really easy to upgrade from Internet Explorer 6. If you want to keep using Internet Explorer, you can download the latest version for free from the Microsoft website.
Before you do that, why not try a different browser altogether? You may have heard of Firefox, which is a faster, more reliable and more secure browser than Internet Explorer, and has automatic updates to make sure that you've always got the latest version. Firefox is our browser of choice here at Iteracy. Other alternatives include Safari, Opera and the Google browser, Chrome.
Let us know how you get on!