- Download latest version of Chrome
- Download latest version of Firefox
- Download latest version of Opera
- Update Safari (to keep Safari up-to-date for the version of macOS you’re using, install the latest macOS updates).
- Update Edge (to keep Edge up-to-date, you must keep Windows 10 up-to-date)
*** We recommend having both Firefox AND Chrome! ***
I know, I know, ensuring that you have the latest version of a web browser is about as exciting as watching paint dry and as important of a task as ironing underwear, BUT updates will make a considerable impact upon your browser experience. How?
Most importantly, outdated versions of web browsers make you vulnerable to serious security flaws that can allow malicious websites to potentially read your files, steal passwords, and infect your computer with viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, or other sorts of malware. Many browser updates are issued to specifically to combat these critical problems.
Not updating your browser regularly can also lead to technical difficulties or odd behavior with web-based tools like Canvas, Digication, and more.
Every newer generation of a browser improves the speed at which you can explore and use the Internet: web sites can load faster, making the tasks you carry out on those web sites quicker, too.
Another reason to keep your browser up-to-date is to have the best browsing experience otherwise. Web sites built using new technology for their display and features will look as they should and work better.
So, please, please, please, take the time to update your web browsers. If you need assistance, you can always call the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by Leyburn Library!
NOTE: While making your browser more secure helps reduce the risk that a hacker will use it to compromise your computer, it is still important to employ safe computing practices!