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South Koreans Are Stuck With Internet Explorer

South Korea is renowned for its digital innovation, with coast-to-coast broadband and a 4G LTE network that reaches into Seoul’s subway system. But this tech-savvy country is stuck in a time warp in one way: its slavish dependence on Internet Explorer.

The South Korea Security law was passed in 1999 requiring citizens to use IE exclusively for shopping and banking. The government created "digital certificates" for citizens with their personal information shared with stores using ActiveX — a plugin created by Microsoft.

In South Koreans who use other browsers such as Chrome or Safari, online shopping often begins with a pop-up notice warning that they might not be able to buy what they came for.

“Purchases can only be made through Internet Explorer,”

From WaPo:


Few South Korean computer users are campaigning to keep the current system. The greater obstacle comes from the government, and from the major banks and credit card companies that have followed its path.

When Aladin, Korea’s fourth-largest online bookseller, tried this year to institute a system similar to PayPal’s, a slew of domestic credit card companies rejected the payments. Chung Tae-young, the chief executive of Hyundai Card, wrote on Twitter that Aladin’s system “wasn’t safe.”

Koreans can use other browsers for general surfing, but when they go to an eCommerce website, they'll get a message telling them they need to use IE. That poses even more problems for Apple users, for which IE isn't available.

“We are behind the times, clinging to the old method,” said Rep. Lee Jong-gul of the main opposition Democratic Party, according to  Business Korea .

IE, which still holds nearly 60% market share, has been known in the past for its many bugs and crashes. However, Microsoft claims their latest version 11 is a big improvement and runs 30% faster than other browsers.

Ironically, ActiveX controls can still allow hackers to damage computers if a user visits a malicious website and allows the software to be installed.

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