Upon opening a student bank account at M&T Bank, the banker opening the account for me had me type in a username and password for online banking. That’s when I noticed the dreaded Internet Explorer 6. Surely, there cannot be any legacy websites that require such a security threat. Of all places, a bank was using a browser that has been outdated for nearly six years. Can that be a reflection on the rest of their security practices?
Is having that old browser really that bad? Yes it is. So bad, in fact, that Microsoft has a website called http://www.ie6countdown.com/ that actually tracks the usage of IE6 throughout the world, and encourages people to stop using it immediately by upgrading to at least IE7 if not the latest Internet Explorer. Global IE6 usage is still at 9%, the majority of that being in China, however in the United States the usage has dropped to 1.4%. Therefore, M&T Bank is part of an extremely small 1.4% of computers still using IE6.
I’m seriously considering sending a brief message to M&T to see their reasons for using such an outdated browser. It could have been a simple machine that slipped through the cracks, or it could be a sign of incompetent technical staff that has a lot more to worry about.