Making the World More Safe for Surfing

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-03-08 Print this article Print

5. It puts everyone at risk

As noted above, Internet Explorer 6 can cause all kinds of security problems for its users. But it's worth noting that when any computer around the world becomes infected with malware, the rest of the PC community is at risk. The Internet is the common tie that binds Windows PCs around the world. The more computers that are infected with malicious files, the higher the chances of other PCs being affected. Killing off Internet Explorer 6 is as much about protecting the world as it is about protecting individuals.

6. The crash factor

From launch, Internet Explorer 6 proved to be a major issue for users. The software wasn't nearly as stable as it could have been and surfing to some Websites caused crashes for no apparent reason. Through a series of patches, Microsoft addressed some of those problems, but many more remain. Internet Explorer 6 is too unstable for it to warrant its survival any longer.

7. It's a relic of a bad time

Microsoft's desire to get rid of Internet Explorer 6 is quite understandable. The browser is a relic of a time when the company was unable to do much (if anything) in its fight against cyber-criminals. It's a stain on Microsoft's record that the company wants users to forget about as quickly as possible. Internet Explorer 6 was central to Microsoft's escalating war with cyber-criminals that permanently tarnished the company's reputation as a producer of reliable enterprise software. As this aged browser shows today, malicious hackers and cybercriminals won that battle quite handily.

8. Major sites are ditching it

Internet Explorer 6 just isn't relevant any longer. In fact, Google announced last year that it would no longer support Internet Explorer 6 for some of its sites. YouTube no longer supports Internet Explorer 6, as well. Google realizes that the browser must be eradicated from the Web. And it's doing its part to help push that along. Kudos to Google. And kudos to increasing number of sites that are phasing out their support for Internet Explorer 6.

9. Privacy is a going concern

Although services like Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter are trying to take aim at a user's desire to be private while surfing the Web, there are many that still appreciate strong privacy settings. It's why such settings have found their way to Firefox, Chrome, and even Internet Explorer 8. But Internet Explorer 6 lacks privacy settings. Microsoft's InPrivate Browsing option is nowhere to be found in Internet Explorer 6, though it is available in Internet Explorer 8. If that isn't a good enough reason to see Microsoft's outdated browser die, what is?

10. Microsoft doesn't even want it

All of these items help to bolster the single biggest reason Internet Explorer 6 must die: Microsoft wants no part of it. Think about that. The company that developed the browser, supported it all these years, and tried to get customers to adopt it, is now saying the time has come for it to die. That's not exactly a seal of approval. It's probably best for people around the globe to realize that, and acknowledge that the time has come for Internet Explorer 6 to be put to rest. 

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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