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. Currently webpages are rendered using HTML5, a markup language for structuring and displaying website content. But that's not all that's changed over the last few decades; we, as humans, love ease and simplicity, and today's browsers reflect that. Modern browsers are not only easy to use, but also provide extensions to enhance our browsing experience.
But far too often, enterprises fail to update web applications to accommodate these developments. Many web applications require plugins in order to be rendered in browsers. When users open these out-of-date 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. Legacybrowser support refers to rendering of such applications in a legacy browser like Internet Explorer, even when opened with modern browsers like Google Chrome.
Note: Browser Router routes websites from Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge to Internet Explorer.
So, how do we detect outdated web applications in our organization?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?
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Discover the various web applications used in your organization that are out of date.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.