Updating your Web Browser

Updating your Web Browser


Updating your Web Browser

29.11.2011


There is nothing worse than clicking into your favourite website, only to find that for some reason, the website loading time is much heavier than usual, and then the web page does not display as it should, whilst certain vital components are missing.

All of these very quickly ruin your user experience, and can be prevented by simply updating your web browser. Apart from the aesthetic complications, an outdated website browser can highlight other weaknesses on your computer.

Firstly, there are the security issues. The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is there to promote new safety features and regulations, and so web browsers are constantly updating and bug fixing to keep up with these ever changing standards.  An older web browser risks damaging files, stealing passwords, and even tempting unwanted viruses if these safety regulations are not kept up to date.

Layout and functionality limitations too are an issue, and these can vary in severity, depending on the browser, and how old it is. Slow loading time, and missing out on new features such as CSS3, HTML5 and SVG are surprisingly simple to fix, yet many internet users still ignore those persistent pop-ups  that are actually there to help.

Many web users still do not know how to update their web browser! The process is surprisingly simple: you do not have to spend valuable time checking around to see what the latest version is and where, in fact, for Internet Explorer simply visit the Microsoft Website, in which the latest browser for download is clearly displayed. Google Chrome can be updated by clicking on the tool icon in the top right of the browser and checking whether you are running the latest browser version or not. Here there is a prompt to update if you have not already done so. Mozilla Firefox makes life even easier, by prompting the user automatically every time a new update becomes available.Recent statistics show that most web users are still using the previous version of their web browser, and some are using even older versions still. Almost 62% of users are still using Internet Explorer 8 (released way back in March 2009), and even Google Chrome users have not quite caught up with the latest version, not to mention those who use Apple Safari, Opera, Mozilla Firefox and SeaMonkey. 

A simple update to your web browser can give you peace of mind that you are protected from potential script attacks that might be left open in older versions. Apart from this, one should consider that when viewing websites as a simple web crawler, or as a client or even a business with a corporate website, that the latest browser technology ensures the greatest success for the website, and the most satisfactory user experience.

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