Nearly 20% still running IE 6

VB poll finds users still running outdated browser despite campaigns to boycott it.

Despite widespread calls to boycott IE 6 and Microsoft’s plans to retire support for the browser, 19% of respondents in a Virus Bulletin poll said that they are still running the browser, whether at home, at work, or both.

The browser has come in for heavy criticism due to numerous security flaws and its use of outdated technology. Indeed, in January both the French government and the German government issued advisories to computer users recommending that they switch to a different web browser, after it was discovered that IE 6 contained a serious security flaw that could be exploited by hackers and cybercriminals.

Although the flaw in question was patched by Microsoft in late January (ahead of the company’s usual Patch Tuesday release for the month), support for the browser is already being phased out by Internet favourites such as Google, YouTube and Facebook, largely due to its lack of support for modern web standards. via Sunbelt Blog.

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