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  • 4.0 stars

    "An indispensable tool"

    February 23, 2013  |   By whoda_thunkit

    Pros

    -very secure
    -more compatible than any other browser
    -lighter than most
    -more privacy friendly than chrome

    Cons

    -not very customizable
    -not very convenient

    Summary

    Do you fill out FAFSA forms? Do you fill out immigration forms?
    Are you angry when your chrome, opera doesn't render the employment website form properly and then you open IE which you and your buddies make fun of?
    Welcome to reality because the fact is that Internet Explorer is recommended by embassies when you're filling online passport forms, recommended by schools during registration?
    Why? Because it works.
    Internet Explorer isn't a browser you're going to use everyday for checking your email, entertainment, visiting sites like cnet but it does serve its purpose.
    The activexfiltering and smartscreen filter out many malicious scripts and websites. Does it mean you can ditch your web protection AV? No but it helps.
    There was a time when Google Chrome was hte undisputed king in browser security. Hackers at security conferences remarked how they could hack any browser but Chrome. Well, we hadn't experienced December 21 2012 then, Michael Jackson was still alive.
    Google Chrome has been brought down to earth.
    Perhaps Google software engineers have been spending too much time on quick android releases.
    IE is slated by hipsters, young kids who don't do anything constructive but watch gangnam style on youtube.
    people in the real world know how useful it is.

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