Why can't I buy stuff online with Internet Explorer?

Episode 1340 (1:36:56)

Russ from High Desert, CA
Mozilla Firefox

Russ is having trouble buying things online. The site he's using won't take his payments. Leo says that's likely due to the browser Russ is using that doesn't support the current SSL encryption standards. Leo recommends using another browser like Chrome. Since Russ is using Vista, Chrome doesn't support it either. It may be time to get a new computer if he wants to shop online.

The chatroom suggests using Firefox. It still supports older versions of Windows. Another option would be to make the switch to Linux with XUbuntu. It'll give him that option.