In August of 2014 Microsoft announced that after January 12 they will no longer be updating Internet Explorers older than version 11. This leaves almost half of Internet Explorer users (368 million) with browsers that are no longer secure if they don’t upgrade or switch to a different web browser. The unsupported versions of explorer will continue to work, but Microsoft will no longer be giving security updates, which leads anyone using these browsers very vulnerable.
Some users may rely on older versions to run certain programs, but these versions will no longer guarantee that your information will be secure. There will be some exceptions for certain versions of Internet Explorer, but version 7 and 8 will not be secure on any device. The exceptions include IE9 on Windows Vista, IE10 on Windows Server 2012 and IE11 on Windows 7 and Windows 8.
To upgrade to a new Windows operating system users also have to upgrade to a new version of Internet Explorer. By dropping older versions of their browser, Microsoft is encouraging people to upgrade to a newer version of Windows and IE. By dropping the old versions of IE they are also decreasing their technical support costs.
Check which version your computer is running by opening Internet Explorer and pressing the alt and H key at the same time and then clicking on “About Internet Explorer”.