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Jim Hillier
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August 17, 2009 - 4:59 pm
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I was astounded to see the latest browser market share figures in a recent article from CNET which show IE6 as still the most used browser.....

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Amazing....

cheers...JIM

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August 17, 2009 - 7:41 pm
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Hi Jim:

Do you suppose this could be caused by the fact that a large percentage of people never update anything!!

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August 17, 2009 - 9:00 pm
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Undoubtedly Nightowl.....considering the security implications alone though I am still amazed by those stats. I am often reluctant to change too but when something is proven better, safer and more compatible with modern standards I jump in boots and all.

Nice to hear from you by the way.

cheers mate....JIM

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My my. And here I thought I was one of a handful who were still sticking to IE6 (and FF). For me, it's not that I don't or won't upgrade to something better, because the reason is far more simpler. I don't like the change to the bar, fact I cannot configure it like with IE6 and that 2 addon programs I've come to use and trust, will not work with the newer browsers. Yes, I've tried them out. As for security, Secunia still listed IE6, IE7 & IE8 as having a problem with patch updates.
So, if a well established company like Secunia can notify users of problems with their IE browsers, the upgrade is NOT for a more stable or secure browser. It has more to do with user preference, Mindblower!

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August 18, 2009 - 7:50 am
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Sorry I was unable to include this latest find in my previous post. It sheds a different light on this topic and is an excellent read, for both sides. Also within the link, read what others think of the article, Mindblower!

http://www.wxpnews.com/XA34YU/.....E6-Support

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August 18, 2009 - 11:47 am
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Also keep in mind (I didn't read the article) that many workplaces have not moved from IE6 for whatever reason.

Our scanner software, for example, only works with IE6.

~sigh~

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August 18, 2009 - 7:57 pm
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Hey MB - Can't argue with Secunia! I am certainly not an expert on browser security nor do I profess to be, I can only go on what the vast majority of experts are saying....i.e. That IE7 is a safer browser to use than IE6. There are lots of instances of this question throughout forums..e.g. 'Should I upgrade my IE6 to IE7 or IE8?' The overwhelming response is invariably...Yes, IE7 is a lot more secure.

The obvious implication one can garner from the browser statistics posted by CNET is that perhaps the differences in safety/security between the versions is not as great some would have us believe. After all, if people [i:1k9mfr73]were[/i:1k9mfr73] experiencing any real security issues using IE6 one would expect the upgrade rate to be a lot higher and IE6's market share exponentially much lower.

Hey Zig - Good point mate!! One which I hadn't considered. Certainly corporate use would account for a fair portion of the IE6 market share....makes sense to me!!

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The obvious implication one can garner from the browser statistics posted by CNET is that perhaps the differences in safety/security between the versions is not as great some would have us believe. After all, if people [i:34pnm2wq]were[/i:34pnm2wq] experiencing any real security issues using IE6 one would expect the upgrade rate to be a lot higher and IE6's market share exponentially much lower.
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Of course, this implies that the average user recognizes a security issue when it hits them.

Most people get spyware, wait for their computer to crawl to a halt, then replace it.

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August 19, 2009 - 6:09 pm
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LOL...Zig, you can be insightful at times. Another good point!!

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August 20, 2009 - 9:16 am
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I have my coffee...

now, where's my moments?

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