Should Web Sites Block Old Browsers?

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It’s frustrating when you are using an old favorite browser, only to go to a web site that pops up a pretty little box telling you you cannot enter. The site has decided to block certain browsers that they feel are outdated from accessing their site. How unfair is that? If you aren’t using a web browser that hasn’t been updated in the past year, there’s something wrong with you and / or your system. If you keep only one piece of software up-to-date… it needs to be your browser.

PayPal recently stepped forward and decided to block older web browsers. By older, I mean ones that haven’t been updated in the last ten years. I’m specifically talking about those of you still using Windows 98. WHY?! What is the point? You’re dragging the rest of the Internet down. Try using Linux if your old computer can’t handle XP.

Web browsers are important. They are gateways to most of what you’ll discover on the Internet. PayPal is implementing this policy to try and curb Phishing scams. Newer web browsers can stop that from happening, with security that is built in. You can also use something like OpenDNS, which will allow you to place filters on your browser that will help protect you even further.

Personally, I wish more sites would do this. Amazon and eBay need to step up to the plate, and start forcing people to upgrade their browser to use their site. Using old and outdated browsers is dangerous, plain and simple. Your browser is what will get your computer infected, and your information hacked. Is that really what you want? Browsers are free most of the time, and are regularly updated. Why aren’t you updating?

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