It was reported that the victims of the coronavirus pandemic will have to register on the official website of the Revenue Service to receive compensation of 300 GEL. At first glance, this is a very simple process, but we can not say that if we take into account the following condition – when registering, it is necessary to use Internet Explorer in order to connect with your employee of the Revenue Service.
All this is very confusing for the user. For more than 10 years, no one uses this browser because of its “antiquity” and weakness. In addition, it has no fully functional features, and support for Microsoft, or its owner, has been discontinued.
So why do government organizations use already unsupported programs?
The point is, such organizations focus on consumer / government safety. However, their decision to continue using the old systems is not just about security needs. The need for financial costs is also important, which often follows the process of adapting government programs to modern systems. The government or various companies are refraining from these financial expenses and continue to use the old programs.
To be more specific, every browser needs to combine video calling or other features differently, but if something details are left out by the engineer, there is a risk of hacking such sites. In addition, the use of new systems requires modification of old programs so that they are compatible with modern systems. As we have said, this involves some cost and therefore, such organizations use not only the browser but also the outdated version of Windows (namely Windows XP). At this time, software developers (such as Microsoft) may continue to support ordinary individuals, but organizations pay additional fees to Microsoft only to provide them with official security updates.
And when will government organizations be able to move to the new system / programs?
As I mentioned above, the engineer needs to set up the website very securely on another browser in order to avoid its targeted damage. This is a very difficult process. In addition to the complexity of the process, an important component is the finances that must be allocated during such changes. Engineers, on the other hand, have made the system more integrated and secure over the years with Internet Explorer and Windows XP, and changing such a rapid infrastructure could be a catastrophic mistake for them.
So we will still encounter old systems and programs and use them, of course, very rarely. However, now that Microsoft has abandoned Windows XP and Internet Explorer forever, government organizations will also have to gradually adapt programs to new global products and systems.