Some people, and the businesses they work for, are really stupid. There is no other way of phrasing it. If something is dangerous, and you are unaware of the danger, it can be stated that you were ignorant. If however, you are explicitly told that something is dangerous, with little to no mitigation possible, and you do that, you are stupid – simple as that.
It looks as though there are more than a few companies, and their IT staffing, that are complete idiots. Because of the inability to see the signs, and heed the warnings of Microsoft, the people at these companies are still using Internet Exploder 6, and living on borrowed time.
There are so many exploits against IE6 that people are probably filling in names on a calendar to see who wins the pot when the company infrastructure is compromised.
Few could have guessed at the time of release 8 years ago that Internet Explorer 6 would turn out to be such a resilient browser, but here we are on the heels of IE9 and IE6 is still going strong, even against the warnings of security experts and Microsoft itself.
According to a recent study conducted by Chitika, a search-targeted advertising solutions firm, IE6 ranked fourth among all browsers, claiming 13 percent of usage during peak business hours. What this means is that IE6 is being used while at work, between the ours of 5AM and 2PM CST. After hours, however, the usage number drops to 6 percent of all Web traffic, Chitika noted.
“It almost looks like individual Internet users are more tech-advanced at home than the IT departments where they work,” said Alden DoDrosario, Chitika’s CTO, in a statement. “It’s crazy to think that people whose job description revolves around employees having secure ways to browse the Web would keep IE6 alive, while these same employees go home to more secure browsers.”
The same pattern holds true when broken down on a day-by-day basis. During the week, IE6 remains the fourth most used browser, and then loses nearly half of its market share to Firefox and IE8 during the weekend, Chitika says.
During the time when there were no warnings from Microsoft, it was somewhat understandable that IE6 was still in use. Lots of things were explicitly coded for IE6, and so its use made things easy and readable. Once IE8 came out, with its ability to mediate the problems with IE6 sites, and with the bad guys using IE6 holes to break into everything from the government to the local supermarket, it was more than time to stop.
Now it is simple insanity – expecting use of IE6 to be safe these days.
I hope the backups are done regularly, and checked for consistency.
Friends just don’t let friends use Internet Exploder 6.
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