Microsoft to End Support for Older Versions of Internet Explorer

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Microsoft announced that they’ll be ending support for all but the latest version of Internet Explorer that is currently offered for a desktop or server operating system as of January 12, 2016. If you are not running a version of Internet Explorer that is receiving regular security patches, your PCI DSS compliance status may be affected. Requirement 6.2 of the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) requires merchants to “ensure that all system components and software are protected from known vulnerabilities by installing applicable vendor-supplied security patches” and “install critical security patches within one month of release.”

Below is Microsoft’s notification for your reference:

  • What is end of support?
    Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. Internet Explorer 11 is the latest version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
  • Internet Explorer 11 offers improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and support for the web standards that power today’s websites and services. Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience. (For Internet Explorer 11 system requirements, visit this page.)
  • What does this mean?
    It means you should take action. After January 12, 2016, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data safer. Regular security updates help protect computers from malicious attacks, so upgrading and staying current is important.
  • Read the Windows lifecycle FAQ sheet to learn more.
To learn more about why it’s important to stop using outdated Web browsers, you can visit our Browser Beware webpage.