I like to regularly check one of my largest systems web traffic stats to see what kind of browsers our users are visiting with and I have previously posted reports which have showed IE maintaining its position at the top of the stats every time.
One of our sites is used by a large corporate company that heavily restricts the type of browser their workers can use to access the Internet which means that they have to use IE 6 but even accounting for that it surprising to see that IE 6 is still at the top of the browser usage report even though IE 8 has been out for a long time and IE 9 is on the way.
One other reason I can think of that explains why so many people are still using IE 6 is that it seems to be the useragent of choice for spoofers and hackers. I have an automated system that I have built that logs, identifies, and then bans these bad bots and users and I have built up quite a large database of known IP / Agents so I can regularly check to what kind of tricks they are up to.
The latest batch of hackbots that I have spotted are using stripped down URL Encoded HTML without quotes for attributes and without protocols in the links e.g
When URL Decoded becomes
Even though there are no quotes around the src attribute and no protocol at the beginning of the URL this HTML will still work and is a common technique used by minifiers (including Google) to cut down on the size of HTML files.
Obviously the whole point of this is to beat injection and hack tests that rely on pattern matching in a similar way to those sql injection attacks that are all uP aNd DoWn aiming to beat people who have forgotten to make their systems sql injection detection routines case insensitive.
Any how here are the latest browser usage reports for the first month of 2011
Top Operating Systems
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