We all have those friends, relatives, neighbors or co-workers who are so tech-illiterate that it’s painful to hear them even talk about using an electronic of any sort. I’m sure you’ve heard them complain about how some websites won’t work on their computer or how they keep getting those annoying pop-ups that tell them to update (even though they don’t see the point in updating because they’ve always used the same Internet Explorer and it works just fine). I’m also sure that you’ve told them time and time again that the reason the websites won’t work is because they haven’t updated and that they need to update their browser.
If you’re tired of trying to explain what a browser is, what it does and why it’s so important to update (not to mention constantly reviewing the fact that, no, a browser update will no give the computer a virus) just print out this handy walk-through from life hacker and hand it to the next person you encounter who’s still using IE6. Entitled “Dear Web User: Please Upgrade Your Browser” the article walks through what a browser is, what’s wrong with old browsers, new browser options and a bullet list of why newer browsers are better. Here are a few snippets:
Old browsers (especially Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8) are less stable, and much more vulnerable to viruses, spyware, malware, and other security issues.
Old Browsers Are Slow and More Likely to Crash
Firstly, old browsers are very slow. … Old browsers do not perform tasks with the same speed as new browsers. This makes your experience on the Web considerably slow, and can sometimes cause your browser to crash or freeze.
Old Browsers Can’t Display Many New Websites
The other problem that old browsers have is that their display capabilities are very limited. … this means that the page will take much longer to load, thus harming your experience on that website. … Unfortunately, many new websites will neither look nor function in the same way in old browsers like IE8.
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Hopefully the step-by-step reasoning and compelling visual examples will convince the people dragging their feet to finally see the light and update their browser. Good luck!