Active X is a piece of software that is integrated between Microsoft Windows 98 up to Windows 7 and additional software and/or programs. In other words, Microsoft was looking for ways to compute data faster by splitting the load between two or more different programs resulting in what is now known as Active X.

Microsoft’s endeavor to create faster, more secure computing comes from insistent pressures by the end user. One of the ways to accommodate this was the creation of Active X drivers and/or controls. This implementation of a middleware to distribute data between programs can not only increase performance, but can raise security levels as well. Internet security became important with the growing number of users who shop online and share personal information. Cyber crimes are evolving and steadily increasing, making security a vital requirement to prevent unwanted connections to the end users’ computer and the capturing of personal information.

The most evident use of Active X is in Microsoft Internet Explorer where current drivers are needed to view some websites or they may not work correctly. This is common with websites that require cookies, downloads or establish a connection with the end users computer directly. One of these connections is usually a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or remote login used by companies to allow their employees to access their computers or company data from outside the company’s facility. Active X is a great piece of software but, is often not supported by browsers other than Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Maintenance of Active X drivers is typically done through Microsoft Windows updates. Most users have the automatic feature enabled to allow these drivers to update as they are released. Driver updates are also available outside of Microsoft Windows automatic updates by visiting download sites, however caution is encouraged. Users should maintain current Active X drivers at all times if they aspire to have secure and efficient browsing on the web.