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Posted By Amanda Girard On June 24, 2021

Internet Explorer is going away: Is it taking your Security with it?

exploring security risks of internet browsers

Major hacking events, including healthcare ransomware attacks, are increasingly reported in the news. In protecting sensitive system data stored on cloud-based SaaS technology EHRs, all potential security risks and ways in which data could be vulnerable must be evaluated. One such vulnerability may be the browser your EHR currently uses to access the internet. 

Keeping browsers and software updated is vital for maximum security of any system. Given that, Microsoft is urging existing users of Internet Explorer (IE) to transition to Microsoft Edge as it will no longer be supporting Internet Explorer 11, the last major version of IE. The browser will not disappear, however, support officially ends in August 2021 and all security and mainstay updates with it. This means that any future vulnerabilities found in the browser would not be fixed by Microsoft via patches. Along with that, any software requiring Internet Explorer as a browser is at much higher risk of security issues and cyber attacks. 

Browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge are safer browser alternatives because not only will they continue receiving support, they are also open source browsers. Being open source means that there are many people testing the code for weaknesses and issues. Because open source browsers are constantly under the microscope for security risks and because these browsers in particular receive frequent security updates, they tend to be very secure overall. 

If you are considering a switch in your EHR system, be sure to evaluate for security vulnerabilities including the internet browsers it works with. By choosing a vendor product that supports multiple secure browsers, you will be able to prevent future security risks because there would be multiple alternatives for safe use, and as such, would also not require sunsetting should the one supported browser be discontinued.

If you have any questions about the browsers and other security measures Patagonia Health uses to protect its EHR system data, please contact your account manager or one of our representatives.

About Amanda Girard

Amanda is a Marketing Associate at Patagonia Health, a cloud and apps-based Electronic Health Records (EHR) software company serving Public and Behavioral Health agencies. Amanda combines industry research and a passion for supporting health and well-being to develop content with important resources and news about healthcare and health IT.

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