Microsoft has announced that from Tuesday 12 January onwards, it will no longer offer support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10, so if you are still using these old relics, we would strongly advise you to stop now.
The computing giant has confirmed that it will only continue to support the latest version of Internet Explorer – Internet Explorer 11 – for now, which means that the web browser will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support to ensure that it works properly with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
However, those of you who are using older versions of the web browser will be completely on your own, which means that hackers can exploit security vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 to quietly install malware on your PC and then steal your data or spy on you.
But the truth is Microsoft is only supporting one version of Internet Explorer because the web browser is obsolete and really shouldn't be used any more. This is why it has concentrated its efforts on developing the Edge browser, which is faster, more secure and has features more in line with the most popular web browsers being used by internet users on PCs, Macs and mobile devices today, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and UC Browser.
So please, do yourself a favour and stop using Internet Explorer. It might be easy because it comes with your computer, or rather, it came with your computer when you bought it eons ago, but old is not always better, even though retro tech can be cool. Hackers are always waiting to exploit you for their own ends, whether it be for money or amusement.
You wouldn't use a piece of furniture that was broken beyond repair and could be dangerous, would you? So stop using Internet Explorer. It's that simple. I'd recommend using Firefox or Chrome, but if you absolutely have to use a Microsoft browser, then please go download Edge (although you'll need to upgrade to Windows 10 first).
No more Internet Explorer. We meant it.