As of June 15, Microsoft has announced that it will stop providing support to Internet Explorer. The program will remain usable for a period of time before being permanently disabled. However, since Internet Explorer will no longer be receiving the support and updates from Microsoft, it is time to retire Internet Explorer from practice computers, devices on the office network or being used to access patient information. Without the Microsoft support, as new bugs and vulnerabilities are found in Internet Explorer, they will no longer be patched. Hackers and malware will take advantage of these vulnerabilities and infect systems that continue to use Internet Explorer.
Microsoft is encouraging users to move to their new internet browser, Microsoft Edge. There are also additional internet browsers that your office can use such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Whatever your office decides, it's time to phase out Internet Explorer on the computers. Ensure that your staff knows not to open the program in the future or disable Internet Explorer completely.