Internet Users Not Updating Their Browsers

One easily remedied security issue on the Internet is the upgrading of its software — browsers, in particular.  A study, Understanding the Web browser threat:  Examination of vulnerable online Web browser populations and the “insecurity iceberg,”  provides us detailed information on our users and their dated web browsers.

At the time, approximately 637 million people had installed a browser, with approximately 78% using Internet Explorer, 16% using Firefox, 3% using Safari, and 1% using Opera.  If we assume that the latest version of each browser is the most secure, the only 59% were using the most secure browser.  The numbers are revealing:

  • 92% of Firefox users were on the current release
  • 90% of Opera users were on the current release
  • 70% of Safari users were on the current release
  • 53% of Internet Explorer users were on the current release

The rest of the study considers possible ways to encourage users to upgrade their browsers, e.g., using a “best before date” as food services does.

[from Slashdot]

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