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Warning: All but one version of Internet Explorer will now be left open to attacks

Published Jan 13th, 2016 9:00AM EST
Internet Explorer Security Vulnerability

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Are you running an old version of Windows or reading this article in an old version of Microsoft’s popular web browser, Internet Explorer? It’s OK, we understand. We all have our own software update horror stories that involve losing key features we rely on or even losing some of our data, and we know it can be difficult to trust again. Interestingly, the majority of those horror stories likely involve Microsoft’s Windows operating system, but that’s neither here nor there.

If you’re desperately clinging to the past and trying your hardest to avoid upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer, however, you now have bigger problems on your hands than potentially losing a few bookmarks when you update.

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As of today, Microsoft no longer supports any version of Internet Explorer other than the latest build, Internet Explorer 11. Older versions from IE10 on down will no longer receive attention from Microsoft, which means that all future security vulnerabilities that are uncovered will remain unchecked.

In other words, using a Microsoft web browser on your Windows PC other than Internet Explorer 11 or Edge will leave you exposed. New vulnerabilities absolutely will be discovered and exploited, and you’ll be a sitting duck.

Follow the link below in our source section for more information and to upgrade to IE11 if you’re using an older version of Internet Explorer.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.