In another huge setback for their Web browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer makes PCs vulnerable to attacks due to a newly discovered bug.
In a bid to protect their users, Microsoft has warned all those who use IE to download a security software to lessen the risk of being infected by the malware.
This bug affects millions of IE users by making them vulnerable to attack from hackers who exploit the bug to infect the computer of IE users who visit a malicious site. This will allow the hacker to take control of the victim’s computer.
Microsoft said that IE users should install a security software as a means to protect their computers temporarily. This is a temporary fix to the problem as Microsoft tries to find a final solution to the bug.
Called the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or Emet, this free security tool can be downloaded on the official website of Microsoft for free.
But analysts say that installation of this temporary fix may be troublesome to IE users so they suggest to use other Web browsers for the meantime. They can download Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox and other Web browsers.
But will those who opt to install new Web browsers go back to IE after Microsoft fixes the bug? That is the problem.
Internet Explorer’s popularity has been constantly declining over the years. Yet, it still is among the top web browsers for personal computers. Mobile devices on the other hand have their own king. IE has really not mattered at all and Opera has been lording it over the browser competition for mobile phones.
Unfortunately, Opera’s hold on the top spot has been lost. According to StatCounter, Android’s built-in Web browser is now the new leader in the field.
The main reason for the change in leadership is basically the same reason why the IE is still the most used browser in the whole world. And that is because Android’s account for over 50 percent of all smartphone sales.
Last month, StatCounter reported that Android had a 22.67% share of the market. Opera comes in at second with a 21.7% share and iPhones built-in browser ranks third at 21.06%. Nokia’s Symbian is at fourth with an 11.24%.
Though the hold of Android on the top is precariously unstable due to the fact that Opera has its supporters. Google is also bringing the Chrome Web browser to Android. So this might slice the market share of Android.
But the problem for Opera is, can they prevent the Chrome for mobile from eating their share?
According to a report from Net Applications, an Internet analytics firm, Google Chrome has taken Apple Safari’s position as the world’s third most popular Web browser.
Despite being just over a year old, the Google web browser’s usage grew from 3.93 percent in November 2009 to 4.63 in December of the same year. Safari’s share of browser usage on the other hand, only increased by .10 percent; from 4.36 in November to 4.36 in December.
On the top three however, the names aren’t changing.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still holds the top spot with a market share of 62.69 percent in December. Let us take note however, that this number isn’t IE’s highest share. In fact, the numbers are slowly declining from a little less than 70 percent in February of 2009 then 63.62 in November of the same year.
Mozilla’s Firefox however, still can’t beat IE despite the latter’s decreasing share. Firefox holds 24.61 percent share in browser usage, securing its place as the second most popular browser.
Opera completes the top five browsers with a market share of 2.40 in December of 2009.