Old web browsers still being used

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  1. ChrisFerro3

    ChrisFerro3 Registered Member

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    I was wondering do people still run old web browsers like Opera 12, Old versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or any others?
     
  2. Minimalist

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    I use old version of IE in virtual machine Windows XP installation.
     
  3. NWOAbschaum

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    No. old broswers have just to many security holes. i prefer a up to date browser that is activly devloped.
     
  4. pegas

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    and incompatibilities across internet
     
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    Using Opera 12 on Wilders right now. It is the only old browser I use. There is nothing else like it. Older versions of Firefox, Chrome and IE have nothing special to offer. I've never had a security issue with it in years of use, keeping in mind that I'm not using it for anything like online shopping or banking. I put up with the incompatibilities because I'm not often pleased with the layout of many websites anyway when I'm just trying to read some text on them. Opera 12 has a function called Author Mode/User Mode that instantly switches from the site's style sheet to one stored in the browser. Distracting and pointless visual clutter is instantly banished. Very useful, along with script and adblocking, for news sites that have a large bloat to content ratio.
     
  7. korben

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    Opera 12.18 still with me, although the number of times I've been using it seems to be diminishing with time.
    I still like it a lot.
     
  8. ArchiveX

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    I use the latest Browsers and the latest OS. ;)
     
  9. zapjb

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    Yes other people do. I do not.
     
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    I use K-meleon because of its speed. As for security --- MBAE. Not a cough in a carload.
     
  11. Fad

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    I keep *fox up to date only because I need to.

    If there was a v3.x made available fully patched for security & addon compatibility without all the "features" and bloat it caught since v4 onwards - I would be using that.

    One can dream.
     
  12. funkydude

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    It's not just about security, it's also about privacy. Older browsers do not support the latest encryption standards, or have weaknesses in their implementations.

    If you care about your data being transmitted securely, use the latest version.
     
  13. The Red Moon

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    Incompatibilties you say.
    What standards have changed exactly and most "updates" to modern browsers are to plug security flaws in the code not to concur with web standards.
     
  14. Dragon1952

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    That's right Stanley.
     
  15. funkydude

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    You're wrong.
    https://html5test.com/results/desktop.html
     
  16. act8192

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    Opera 12 on XP, Win7, Win10. MBAE and MBAM and NTV-ERP contribute to safety. Opera 12 site-specific configurations can't be beat. SeaMonkey with NoScript is also very useable. SeaMonkey is current, just Opera 12 is abandonware unfortunately.
     
  17. NormanF

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    For Mac PPC users, the situation was dire after Mozilla stopped supporting the platform.

    Fortunately, TenFourFox came to the rescue with an updated browser based on the latest ESR release.

    Its critical to keep one's browser up to date, including on Windows.
     
  18. pegas

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    Sorry my fault that I wasn't more comprehensive. I especially meant Opera Presto.
    Thanks. It justifies (and reinforces) my comment. :)
     
  19. The Red Moon

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    old web browser may include old code but what about contemporary browsers with old code but injected with new security fixes.
    For example browsers like pale moon etc which use an old code base but are kept updated.
    How do these kind of browsers fit into the equation.
     
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    SeaMonkey hasn't been updated for a while though and I believe there are some security concerns. There are plenty of security extensions for SM plus the freeware version of MBAE also shields SeaMonkey.
     
  21. MisterB

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    I actually like the leisurely pace of Seamonkey updates. Several times a year is fine by me. Blocking JS by default and whitelisting sites and setting Flash and other plugins to click to play will deal with most exploit related security issues, updated browser or not. For certificate security in https transactions, it is best to use an updated browser. That being said, Opera Presto is working great in https with Wilders and most other sites that use it.

    Browser compatibility is a big issue and a lot of sites will have issues on new browsers as well. I've ended up using quite a variety of browsers and using specific browsers for specific sites. It is also compartmentalizes web use which is good for both privacy and security.
     
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    I don't think the SeaMonkey dev's are interested in a Chrome/Firefox update schedule. The SeaMonkey Council are all unpaid volunteers AFAIK and work with what they've got.
     
  23. Rasheed187

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    Sadly enough I'm still using Opera 12, but I really need to switch to a modern browser, since too many sites are not compatible with outdated browsers anymore.

    That's the problem, there is nothing like it. I will probably replace it with Vivaldi, but it isn't as lightweight. I do also use Firefox for sites that are not rendered correctly with Opera 12, but FF feels a bit choppy and the bookmarks manager is a joke.
     
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    I'm still using opera 12 , opera has been my favorite browser for many years - it still works well enough with most sites, for those it doesn't I use firefox.
    I'm working steadily along to familiarize myself with vivaldi, because eventually I know that i'll have to change browsers as time passes and opera 12 shows it's age more and more - when that time comes I think vivaldi is the natural step forward
     
  25. Brummelchen

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    users never recognize the close-to-impacts.

    ofc new browsers offers new vulnerabilities but older are closed.
    but be sure that current exploits are waiting for presto.

    at least not the user decide how the impact comes - the other software around do.
    either adblocker fail, or antivirus fail - or memory guard fail.
     
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