Why REALTORs Should Close the Window on Internet Explorer
by Katie Ragusa
on Jun 4, 2014
Listed in Tech

stop using internet explorerInternet Explorer is, for me, the last internet browser to use. I’m not sure why it is even an option for internet access these days. Using IE in 2014 is the equivalent of  using NetZero as your internet service provider in 2014. There are probably a few people wondering what NetZero is which is my point exactly. Even though Internet Explorer has been the go-to choice year after year, things have changed. As recently as April 28, 2014, the United States government warned US citizens to stop using Internet Explorer because of security breaches.

“This is how it works: Hackers set up a website that installs malware when you visit it. If you’re duped into visiting the website while using the Internet Explorer program, malware seeps into your computer and gives a stranger total control. You might not even notice,” according to CNN Money Magazine. “That’s where the real danger lies. Anyone in control of your computer can spy on everything you do. If it’s a PC at work, hackers can reach into anything an employee has access to.”

What’s wrong with Internet Explorer?

From a web development standpoint, Internet Explorer is the 13-year-old tween that just will not grow up. Line after line of code is needed to ensure Internet Explore will cooperate with design changes, website enhancements and just about everything that makes the web a seamless place to browse. There are a wealth of features available, both visual and functional, that are available in every web browser except Internet Explorer.

In web development, there are definitely times when extra code is needed for very specific and custom features like a scroll bar. With IE, however, you will have to write out very specific and custom code for a feature that is readily available with all other web browsers by default.

For example, responsive web design is the act of creating websites that are visually and functionally available via desktop and mobile. Creating a navigation bar that is both visually appealing and functional with a desktop browser as well as a mobile device is challenging enough. Throw in the complication of additional code that may or may work depending on the version of Internet Explorer is a nightmare.

Choosing another internet browser is the best bet. IE has had a chance, multiple chances really, and they have dropped the ball time and time again.

Lets look at Chrome by Google.  Statistics show Google Chrome has grown from a usage rate of 3 percent to 58 percent of internet browsing since it’s birth in 2008 because of its usability, security and much more.

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Real estate is in Katie’s blood. She's a second generation REALTOR and comes to TRIBUS after working for a prominent custom home builder in metro Atlanta, GA. While selling homes she realized she had a passion for helping agents establish a meaningful web presence and a build CRM that worked. Since then she's become a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and graduated from a UX program, all while staying grounded in real estate technology.
Her background in the industry and her training in psychology have paved the way for her current user experience focused role, where she leads the product team at TRIBUS.

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