Internet Explorer has been around since the dawn of the Internet Age but in my honest opinion it has done more to damage Internet security than any other browser.
Lets have a look at how Internet Explorer became so popular and what led to it’s demise.
I can remember when i was growing up and the internet started to become a reality for the masses. Going online for the first time with Netscape and discovering all this information at my fingertips was truly amazing. Microsoft release Internet Explorer soon afterwards, but it was when it was bundled free with Windows XP that it became the first choice browser.
Back then there where fewer internet security vulnerabilities and IE ruled the roost. However the “Internet Bad Guys” saw this as an opportunity and started to focus their efforts on targeting computers with Internet Explorer.
Earlier editions of IE never really updated very well and when they did updates they tended to break compatibility with just about everything, so naturally people avoided updates.
This then lead to huge vulnerabilities and over time more sophisticated attacks that left Internet Explorer users very vulnerable.
Fast forward from Interment Explorer 6 to the latest version 11 and a lot of the security loop holes have been plugged. But users have become accustomed to a whole raft of new and improved features from other browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Some of the most basic features that we have become accustomed to still eludes Internet Explorer, such as an Integrated Download Manager (pause / resume downloads) and a built in Spell Checker.
The big problems in Security and functionality combined with the rapid growth of Google led to the ultimate decline in Internet Explorer market share and the growth of Google Chrome and Firefox.
Firefox used to be my first choice, but as of Version 24 more and more stability issues have been noted when browsing with multiple tabs open, so lets not go there because nothing is more frustrating then a browser that keeps crashing.
So that leaves us with Google Chrome, one of the most secure bits of software ever developed, incredibly quick to load pages, handles multiple tabs like a pro, has all the latest features we need and when it crashes it does so in a very nice way with the browser still operational and just the pages re-loading.
You can download the latest version of the 3 Browsers here:
Google Chrome: https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ZA/internet-explorer/download-ie