Legacy Browser Support (LBS) is a feature in browsers that can automatically redirect legacy web-applications and sites to legacy browsers (like Internet explorer), even if it's accessed using modern browsers.
We live in a world that's constantly seeking change and this holds true for technology as well. Over the past 30 years, our browsers have been through a number of changes from using plugins to render basic webpages to later condemning these same plugins due to vulnerabilities associated with them. The browsers we use today are called modern browsers and these are much simpler to use. But far too often, enterprises fail to update web applications to make them compatible for the new browsers. When users open these outdated web applications in modern browsers, they won't get to experience the complete functionality of the web application. Which means, in order to experience these applications as intended, we're stuck using old legacy browsers. Legacy Browser Support is a feature that will automatically redirect websites from modern browser to a legacy browser when required.
Legacy browser support refers to the feature that helps users render websites that depend on deprecated plug-ins in legacy browsers that still support such plug-ins. With legacy browser support, such websites can be redirected to legacy browsers, even when users open them in modern browsers like Chrome.
So, how do we detect outdated web applications in our organization? And if we already know which applications are outdated, how do we ensure that these applications are opened with legacy browsers?
Browser Security Plus offers Legacy Browser Support(LBS) with its Browser Router feature. IT admins can define the websites they want redirected and can also choose which browser they want to maintain as the destination browser. Based on the defined websites and destination browser, websites will be rendered in their stipulated browsers.
Windows 10 uses Microsoft Edge as the default browser while the older versions use Internet Explorer. Transitioning to Microsoft Edge from Internet Explorer comes with a hiccup: Web applications and websites that use legacy technology might break when opened using Edge. While Edge comes with Windows Defender Application Guard, more well-rounded malware protection, Internet Explorer is still very much necessary to open your organization's legacy web applications.
Browser Security Plus' Bowser Router helps you enjoy the best of both worlds by redirecting only those websites in need of legacy browser support to Internet Explorer, while opening all other websites in Edge.
Discover the various web applications used in your organization that are out of date. Add these discovered web applications to a Browser Router policy and deploy the policy to the computers in your network. Now, when a web application from the entered list is opened in a modern browser, it will automatically redirect the user to a legacy browser.
Policy creation and deployment is a simple, two-step process that renders web applications in Internet Explorer, even when the user opens the web application with Google Chrome. This reduces help desk calls from users regarding broken pages in web applications.
Usually, intranet web applications are the oldest running applications in an organization. Some intranet applications are as old as the organization itself. If your organization uses a large number of intranet applications, adding each into a policy one by one would be monotonous and time-consuming.
Browser Security Plus gives you an easy way out!
Browser Security Plus automatically detects the network for intranet sites used. It directs these to Internet Explorer when opened with Google Chrome.
To secure your browsers and mitigate web-based threats now, download a free, 30-day trial of Browser Security Plus and try out these features for yourself.