Security update done... Extremely vulnerable to hacking
Automatic conversion to MS Edge from the 15th
There will be no problems for general users
Key points are financial sites and apps optimization

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The official end of support for the Internet Explorer (IE) 11 desktop application is imminent.
After technical support ends, security updates will not be supported, and security problems such as hacking may occur, so users should use the latest web browser, including MS Edge.

According to MS Korea, IE 11 desktop application will be deactivated if a Windows update is performed after the 15th. When the user tries to access it with a shortcut icon, etc., it will automatically take you to MS Edge.

To access a website that requires IE 11, it needs to opened on Edge's 'IE Mode'. To set the IE mode, click the three-dot menu (...) on the upper right corner of the Edge browser and select 'Settings,' then select 'Default Browser' on the settings page, and change the "Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode' setting to Allow.

After that, if you run MS Edge again, an IE mode button is added to the right side, and you will be able to access IE sites if you press the button on the desired site. There is also a function that automatically registers all IEs when connected, but the validity period is 1 month. IE mode support in Edge runs until 2029.

"Edge provides a faster, safer, and more modern browser experience than IE," said Sean Lyndersay, Microsoft Edge program manager. "MS Edge is the only browser that provides native compatibility for legacy IE-based sites and apps."

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IE, introduced in 1995, once dominated the Internet by occupying more than 90% of the web browser market share. It continued its high usage with the fact that it was a Windows bundled program and ease of use.

However, as security issues arose and competing web browsers such as Google Chrome grew, the market share decreased rapidly.

According to traffic analysis site StatCounter, as of March, IE's share of domestic web browsers was only 1.15%. Only the desktop market was analyzed, and the combined desktop and mobile markets accounted for only 0.9%.

MS announced the end of IE support in May last year, emphasizing that Edge can support existing websites and applications via the built-in IE mode.

After MS's announcement, public institutions and companies have been preparing to respond. A compatible program has been developed so that websites or applications optimized for IE can operate normally in other browsers such as MS Edge.

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Most institutions and companies have completed the so-called 'Edge response' work. However, some companies, such as financial institutions that are large in scale and with various application types, have been busy preparing countermeasures for the termination of IE until recently.

An executive at a financial solution development company said, "General users may not have any problems using daily services on Edge’s IE mode, but there may be restrictions in accessing legacy sites or applications that companies have optimized for IE."
He went on to say, “It is difficult to develop all new existing applications, and developing compatible programs is also time consuming and costly," adding, "Some financial companies are still contemplating how to respond to the end of IE support."

By Staff Reporter Ho-cheon Ahn