Unplanned obsolescence for Internet Explorer

What are the risks of using Internet Explorer?

Are Internet Explorer users the only ones concerned? 

What is a zero-day exploit?

What causes this exploit?

All the answers are below.


Internet Explorer is dead…

But first, let’s remember the past glory of this browser that was so popular for 20 years. Or, at the time of the introduction of the internet to households in the early 90s.

At the time, installed with Microsoft by default, Internet Explorer had greatly benefited and participated in the accessibility of the web and information in homes.


It is IE, making a place in the computer landscape, that originally dethroned Netscape Navigator, a browser that struggles to be remembered.

Two excellent reasons explain this widespread amnesia. First, Netscape Navigator has not existed for ten years (since 2008, to be exact). Second, it gave way to Mozilla Firefox.

Indeed, the successor of Netscape Navigator finally replaced Internet Explorer, which itself had dethroned its model… Things have come full circle. 


… Long live GAFAM!

The arrival of its main competitors spelled the end of Internet Explorer’s hegemony.

First challenged by Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, and finally by Safari, Internet Explorer has struggled to keep up with its rivals. It finally bowed to the relentless battle of the web giants at the end of the first decade of the 2000s.

Followers of all kinds of conspiracies will find room for debate here because it’s GAFAM that is behind these tools: Apple has developed Safari. And Google, who bet everything on their colt, Chrome (today, the most used browser – Statcounter Global Stats April 2019).


A recently discovered flaw

However, if these more powerful browsers have long since outdistanced IE, why is a security alert now being evoked?

Have you heard of zero-day?


A zero-day exploit is a computer vulnerability with no published or known fix, thus, without any protection updates. John Page, a security researcher, discovered that it was possible to steal any type of document via Internet Explorer under two conditions;

* the use of files with the extension .MHT

* Windows as the operating system


Hacking happens quickly

Even worse, whether you use IE or not, it does not guarantee immunity. You just need to have Internet Explorer installed by default to make your computer vulnerable. In other words, users of other browsers, you are not immune!


According to the information in Browser Market Share, only 9% of users use this browser. These low numbers are caused partially by lack of popular interest, but especially that of Microsoft. Abandoned by its creator, Microsoft no longer updates Internet Explorer since 2015, and the arrival of Edge is presented as the replacement for IE. 

Since then, Internet Explorer has fallen into oblivion and is defenseless against cyber attacks. 



Along the same lines, Microsoft has officially decided to stop production of Windows 10 Mobile. Their desire to fit into the world of the smartphone and play on the popularity and expertise of the brand is not enough. The shutdown is scheduled for December 2019. Windows intends to start a new decade under the best foundation with new projects that, for the moment, are classified secrets.


Do you have a Windows 10 mobile? 

Windows offers you a solution: change your phone, and choose Android or iOS operating systems. When Windows itself advises you to go to the competition…


To read: Mobile data security in the era of 5G