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Millions of Internet Explorer Users ‘At Risk’

By piranha

15th January 2016

After announcing its plans in August, Microsoft has finally ended their tech support for those using outdated versions of its Internet Explorer browsers.

The changes will affect Windows versions 8, 9 and 10 of the browser, which have now been around for many years. The older versions will still be available to use but they won’t receive security updates, making them much more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and malicious spyware.

It is estimated that 340 million people still use these versions and could be now be ‘at risk’ of hacks. Many experts are now predicting that a high number of attacks will happen now the support has ended.

Those who are still using these versions will receive an ‘End of Life’ notification, which outlines the company’s actions and advises them on what to do next.

On its website, Microsoft said; “Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.”

“Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience.”

The company is currently pushing people to use Internet Explorer 11, which is the default browser for Windows 10. Hopefully, by ending the tech support on older versions, Microsoft will have more time to focus on the security and functionality of IE11.

The majority of browsers will have Internet Explorer 11 installed already, providing that automatic updates on your computer are switched on. If this isn’t the case, you can download the latest version on the Microsoft website.

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