Internet Explorer 6 resistance continues in moving to version 8
Companies and individuals will truly enhance their web security by moving from IE6 to the latest version of Internet Explorer. As noted in the article, many users are unaware of the benefits, as some IE6 security exposures will never be addressed and are a conduit for spyware attacks. Small companies may lack technical expertise in making this transition. They may not want to spend time and costs upgrading.
Patch management and staying on the latest service packs and product versions are best practices, that help users stay secure. Moving to IE8 would allow greater protection for malware related attacks. Users can also enjoy the more modern browser framework and functionality as well.
Why You Can’t Pry IE6 Out Of Their Cold Dead Hands
QUOTE: Let’s start with the not-so-surprising reasons to hang onto IE6. The most obvious is that some companies are slow to update or adopt any technology. You and I could probably share plenty of horror stories about businesses that insist on using the oldest equipment and software around.
“Many small and medium businesses have no clue when it comes to keeping their systems secure. I have found so many systems with expired anti-virus because the business owner either did not want to pay for more anti-virus or did not even know that it was expired.”
In other words, user ignorance is a prime issue. But so is the reluctance to upgrade. “There are still companies that still have some systems running versions of Windows older than Windows XP, which are also extremely insecure,” Jim added. “If later versions of IE break applications that just means that they are using insecure applications and the applications should be replaced.”