Internet Explorer has been steadily losing marketshare to competing web browsers for years, and now it’s set to lose another large chunk as a new zero-day security exploit has everyone from Microsoft itself to the United States Department of Homeland Security warning the public to watch their backs. While users wait for Microsoft to release an update patch to close the security vulnerability, Windows users have several options, most of which are free of cost, which will allow them to distance themselves from Internet Explorer immediately.
The first and most popular is Chrome, a free web browser from Google, which largely offers the same look and feel as Google’s other online products such as Google Docs. Chrome has scored a significant portion of the browser marketshare that Internet Explorer has lost, and is also the default web browser on most Android based mobile phones. The second most popular option is Firefox, an open source web browser created and maintained essentially by unpaid techies who contribute to the project in their spare time. That’s made for a browser that’s often ahead of the curve, but just as often has rough edges due to its lack of corporate polish. There are also other, more specialized web browsers available such as Opera.
And those using a Mac computer shouldn’t be using Internet Explorer at all. Microsoft discontinued the Mac version of its browser several years ago, and while it still runs on some very old Mac computers, those users should replace it with Apple’s own Safari web browser for a number of reasons which go beyond security.