Microsoft has constantly improved Internet Explorer in a rapid pace in the past few years. IE11 is the most standard complaint, faster and more secure IE ever. But the real problem is that two-thirds of all desktop computers are still using older, less secure browsers. To improve this situation, Microsoft is enabling automatic updating ensures that users will always be up-to-date. Also, Microsoft today detailed the security improvements made over the years in IE in the infographic above.
Every version of Internet Explorer includes new and improved security protection, building on improvements from the previous version. Below are just a few of the security features added by each major version of Internet Explorer since 2001.
These security features and improvements are augmented with updates such as the ones being released this month, to make socially-engineered attacks and browser exploits more difficult on modern versions of Internet Explorer. According to NSS Labs, for example, malicious download block rates increased from 69% on Internet Explorer 8 in 2009 to over 99% on Internet Explorer 11. This month’s security update makes Internet Explorer more secure against exploits, but it needs to be installed to keep your browser up-to-date. The most recent, fully-patched version of Internet Explorer is more secure than older versions.
How to set automatic updates for IE related updates? Read about it here at Microsoft.
Microsoft will continue to make significant investments in improving browser security, and is ramping up our focus on helping consumers and commercial customers upgrade and stay up-to-date with the latest Internet Explorer browser. If you are using an older browser, upgrade to the latest version and enable automatic updates for more secure browsing. If you use an older version of Internet Explorer at work, encourage your IT department to learn more about Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11. In the coming months, stay tuned for additional consumer-focused content and communications, updated enterprise resources and training, and other announcements.