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Earlier this year, the European Commission fined Microsoft $732 million for failing to respect an antitrust settlement related to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). While you may want to stop using IE to spite Microsoft for its disrespect toward the European Commission, here’s another reason to switch browsers: your computer’s security could depend on it.

In fact, last September, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) urged people to stop using IE because of a bug that made computers vulnerable to hacking. This particular bug targeted Fortune 100 companies and launched what became known as “Nitro” attacks.

Internet Explorer has a long history of bugs, vulnerabilities, and exploits. Hackers regularly target IE due to its huge market share and ignore smaller Web browsers. It seems as though once one IE flaw is discovered and fixed, another pops up. Last month, Microsoft issued a security update to resolve 9 bulletins – two of which were considered critical on all versions of IE. This isn’t unusual.

In addition to security threats associated with IE, performance and compatibility issues are common. Many Web developers and designers despise IE because it doesn’t support modern coding. While their designs look great on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and various mobile devices, they invariably fail in Internet Explorer. This requires complex tweaks on the Web designer’s part. In a rush to get websites live, some tweaks may or may not happen which further adds to compatibility problems (Source: Computer-und Netzwerksicherheit by WinMagic).

Internet Explorer has a long history, but it’s peppered with antitrust, security, performance, and compatibility issues. Plus, hackers love to target Microsoft Internet Explorer which puts every IE user at risk (Source: WinMagic Windows Server-Verschlüsselung). Why continue supporting a product with all that baggage and constantly having to install updates and patches when many superior alternatives exist? Try Chrome or Firefox and you may never go back to IE.

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