As I’ve been preparing my web site to properly display my resume, I forgot one giant issue: Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer accounts for 25% of traffic to my web site. Of that 25%, a third are STILL using Internet Explorer 6.0, which was release nearly 10 years old. The problem with Internet Explorer 6 is that it does not play well with current web standards. But since a lot of corporations still use IE6, web designers have to find ways to make their sites work with IE6 while wanting to support current web standards. It’s a real headache and time-waste.
Internet Explorer 6 is not just a design issue, but a security issue as well. Since its release in 2001, IE6 has had 195 known vulnerabilities patched. It’s this insecure environment that has lead Microsoft to state it is the possible cause for China’s alleged hacking of Google. Internet Explorer 6 has also been known for easily allowing computers to be infected with malware without any interaction from the user.
There have been an effort as of late to urge corporations to drop Internet Explorer 6. Google has already dropped support for IE6 on their web sites (such as YouTube and Google Docs). A slew of other companies have stopped supporting IE6 as well. Even Microsoft has said to stop using Internet Explorer 6 (as long as you’ll keep using Internet Explorer).
These are just some of the issues faced with using Internet Explorer 6. I too have run into issues as well, such as IE6 completely crashing by just visiting my site. Therefore, I’m blocking access to my site for those that use Internet Explorer 6. This may become a problem as employers that are looking to learn more about me won’t be able to now. But after spending way too much time fighting Internet Explorer 6, I have no choice.