Keep Internet Explorer Up-To-Date For More Secure Web Browsing

    Keep Internet Explorer Up-To-Date For More Secure Web Browsing

    Posted: 10 Jun 2014
    The latest version of Internet Explorer is faster, more secure, and has better web standards support than older versions. For Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 has significant benefits—and enabling automatic updating ensures that users will always be up-to-date. This is important, because two-thirds of all desktop computers are still using older, less secure browsers despite years of security advancements and updates. We are making continued investments not only in making a more secure browser, but also in helping consumers and commercial customers get-and stay-current.

    New and improved security

    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.

    The threat from older browsers

    According to, two thirds of desktop browsers being used today are outdated. Older browsers are a problem not only for website developers using modern web standards, but also present a significant challenge in keeping the web ecosystem safe and secure. Older browsers and operating systems are more likely to be susceptible to attacks than modern, up-to-date systems.

    How to stay up-to-date

    Microsoft recommends enabling automatic updates to ensure your computing experience is always up-to-date. Regular updates provide significant benefits, such as improved security and reliability, and Windows Update can automatically install updates for Internet Explorer and Windows. To turn on or check the status of automatic updates, simply press the Start button, type “Update,” and select Windows Update. Installing updates automatically is recommended, as show in the Windows 7 dialog below.

    Installing updates automatically is recommended, as shown here for Windows 7

    Windows 8.1 users can check the status of Windows Update using this traditional interface or in the “Update and recovery” section of Windows Settings, as shown below. If you are still using Windows 8, you can update to Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store for free; see Update to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8.

    Windows 8 users can check Windows Update settings in the "Update and recovery" section of Windows Settings

    Commercial customers may have standardized on earlier versions of Internet Explorer, which is why Microsoft introduced Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 in April. Enterprise Mode offers better backward compatibility for earlier versions of Internet Explorer, and tools to manage which web apps use it. By offering better backward compatibility, Microsoft is making it easier than ever before for commercial customers to upgrade and stay current on the latest version of Internet Explorer. In addition to increased security, Internet Explorer 11 also helps unblock upgrades to Windows 8.1, services like Office 365, and the latest Windows devices.

    Improving browser security and helping customers stay current

    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.

    Fred Pullen
    Senior Product Marketing Manager

    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    10 Jun 2014

  1. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

    Yea Microsoft couldn't pay me to use those windows update setting
    Not even Important ones
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  2. Posts : 4,566
    Windows 10 Pro

    ThrashZone said:
    Yea Microsoft couldn't pay me to use those windows update setting
    Not even Important ones

    So you do not keep your pc up to date? Why?
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  3. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

    Yes I do I just review updates before installing them,
    I still have a bad taste after the whole Windows live essentials 2011 fiasco
    Plus Microsoft has put ie9 and 10 in the Important categories in the past and they were no where near ready for prime time at that point,

    Beside Microsoft has always overly categorized what is actually a Recommended update,
    Most of them are and should be Optional not recommended,
    So I just don't like items snuck in as recommended or as Important,

    An example,
    Optional updates to be able to write windows 8 apps this is a recommended update why ?
    I have no desire to write a windows 8 apps
    A bunch of remote desktop stuff,
    Bing desktop/ Bing bar/ Silverlight...
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  4. Posts : 1,965
    win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1

    In Agreement

    I am in agreement with Thrash Zone. But there is one caveat. Some times they are not complete in listing the fixes contained in a bulletin.
    Example: A "bug" exists, that has been pointed out to them by users. Said "bug" has never been acknowledged by MS. Now they can't issue a fix for a problem they have denied. So why not include it in a bulletin for some thing else. "Bug" just mysteriously disappears. Did it ever exist?
    Last edited by HammerHead; 10 Jun 2014 at 16:57. Reason: spell
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