Urgent Notice for Users of Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10

End of life for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 is now imminent. Microsoft will be providing the last patch for these browsers next Tuesday, January 12, 2016. If you have not upgraded your business or personal computer’s internet browser, now is the time plan or implement that change to assure that your network remains secure.

Microsoft has been prompting customers to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, or its new Edge browser (available only to Windows 10 users) as soon as possible. Andrew Stredler, Mode5 IT Support Center Team Lead, cautions businesses to consult a Microsoft Certified Partner before instituting a change on their own. Stredler warns that businesses running certain applications may create a problem with the functionality of the application by upgrading to Internet Explorer 11.

In general, this should not be a problem with a home computer for personal use. Failure to upgrade your home PC may leave it more vulnerable to viruses, malware and spyware. Many home PC’s are set to automatically update. Those PC’s may already have Internet Explorer 11 installed. Turning on automatic updates is an easy process. Open the Control Panel, go to the Windows Update section, click on Check for Updates, and you are done. If you use your home PC for business purposes, be sure to check with your business’ Microsoft Certified Partner before choosing automatic updates. Many IT companies like ours provide businesses patch management services to ensure that critical patches are installed in a controlled fashion and that they don't present conflicts with existing applications.

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