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5 Reasons not to use Internet Explorer


By mcvanrensburg  | 

 November 24th, 2011 | 



I’m going to add to the on going debate about which browser to use. In this article I will not try and convince you which browser is best for you, but rather which browser not to use. Scratch that; lets rather make it, “which browser to avoid at all costs”. There are so many alternatives out there, including Firefox and Google Chrome and the best part is, these browsers are completely free! You are doing yourself a real injustice if you are still using Internet Explorer.

 

Before you read further, save yourself time and download either Mozilla Firefox here or Google Chrome here.

 

Ok, so you are still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons why NOT to use Internet Explorer

 

 

Reason number 1: Internet Explorer’s Security Sucks

 

Being the most used browser, (the reason for this, is that it comes with Windows and not because in fact its really popular and I’m trying to pull a fast one on you) it gets targeted more by malware and spyware. It is very vulnerable to security attacks and so far it looks like Microsoft likes it this way, as over the years they have proven that indeed there are quite a few holes in their software. Internet Explorer also allows Active X to take control of your browser to install software on your system. Not a good idea!
 
 

Reason number 2: Internet Explorer has a very limited list of Extensions

 

Compared to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, Internet explorer’s extensions can be described as “cute” more than anything else. The other mainstream browsers literally sport hundreds, if not thousands of extensions. Don’t believe me? Take a look at some plug-ins for Firefox here
 
 

Reason number 3:  Internet Explorer is slower than other browsers

 

When comparing speeds, our old friend Internet Explorer wins no medals. Firefox and Chrome are up to two times as fast on occasions, not even to mention much faster start up times, as well as better downloading performance. here is a great article from Lifehacker that compares browser speeds.

 
 

Reason number 4: Internet Explorer has no Bookmark synchronization feature (up until Internet Explorer 8 at least)

 

Both Firefox and Google Chrome allows its users to synchronize bookmarks between different instances of the browser as well as on multiple computers. That, is pretty awesome!
 
 

Reason number 5: Internet Explorer ignores current web standards

 

Internet explorer absolutely ignores current web standards (as agreed upon by those in charge), which makes the life of a web developer extremely difficult, as certain content is a real pain to have properly displayed on IE. Microsoft would rather force us to use Internet Explorer, than to change their software to comply with the current need of cross browser compatibility. All versions up to and including Internet Explorer 8, does not even support HTML 5 or CSS 3. Shame on you Microsoft…

 

So hopefully, if you read this, I have changed your opinion on Internet Explorer. If not, then you must be quite a rebel. In my opinion that would be one of those “cut of your nose to spite your face” type rebellions though.

 

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    1. Dong says:

      IE sucks!!

    2. mcvanrensburg says:

      yeah it does!

    3. Don says:

      Totally agree! Another reason not to even bother with IE is all the updates! Why release software when it is so incomplete microsoft? Counting all the megabytes that get chowed, keeping IE up to date is shocking.

    4. kelsey says:

      i love internet explorer and i will always use it because it is way better than firefox and google crome

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