October 26, 2015
Security breaches and hacks are grim dangers of the digital age. It’s not just your finances and personal identity at stake: University information can be compromised when software and apps don’t get updated.
On January 12, 2016, Microsoft will end support for all Internet Explorer browser versions older than IE 11. Security patches and updates for earlier versions will not be released, leaving devices running IE 10 or below extremely vulnerable.
→ IE is the second-most widely used browser on the UF network
→ In September, more than 35% of UF’s IE users were running versions lower than IE 11
Failure to update devices makes you more susceptible to hacks and may cause you to unknowingly provide access to those looking to steal university and personal information. Most of us don’t have a clue what version of IE we use–we just click on whatever was pre-installed on our laptops and phones. UFIT has documentation explaining how to check what version you’re using and how to update to IE 11.
Faculty and staff needing help with a university-owned device should check with their area IT support. Students, faculty, and staff requiring assistance upgrading to IE 11 on a non-university owned device may visit the UF Computing Help Desk.