Internet Explorer 11 is Microsoft's latest version of the Internet Explorer browser. In an official blog post today, Microsoft is touting several reasons why Internet Explorer 11 is the perfect browser, since it is faster and safer than older versions.
"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," Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
Every new version of Internet Explorer includes newer and improved security protection, building on improvements from the previous Internet Explorer version. This helps make socially-engineered attacks and browser exploits more difficult on modern versions of Internet Explorer.
Microsoft also recommends that you install all the security updates that are released during Patch Tuesday, especially security updates for Internet Explorer. June 2014 Patch Tuesday features a Critical update for Internet Explorer 11 and must be installed to ensure you are protected against exploits.
Microsoft states the obvious by saying: "The most recent, fully-patched version of Internet Explorer is more secure than older versions."
Now you must be thinking, "well, duh, its obvious that a newer version of Internet Explorer would be safer than an older version." But the problem is, two thirds of desktop browsers being used today are outdated, according to figures from NetApplications. Older browser are a problem for web developers and they are more likely to be susceptible to attacks.
"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," Microsoft adds.
The Redmond giant plans to continue the efforts in making significant investments and improvements to Internet Explorer's security. Microsoft is also "ramping up" focus on helping consumers and commercial customers upgrade and stay up-to-date with the latest Internet Explorer browser.