Why You Should Update Your Browser

Posted by on April 8, 2019 in World Wide Web

In this post I’ll cover why you should either update or change your browser (I’m looking at you Internet Explorer/IE users). I won’t suggest a specific browser – it’s a matter of preference and there’s no winner. I personally use more than one web browser. It all depends on which one suits your needs.

Web browsers have changed like crazy since being introduced in 1990. Since then, several options have been added to change the way you view the web. Apple introduced Safari in 2003, Netscape introduced Mozilla Firefox in 2004, and Google introduced Chrome in 2008. Each year, Google’s user-base grows and is now up to 63.6%, according to W3Counter.

W3Counter: Global Web Stats

Each web browser has its own pros and cons, but the great thing is that you get to choose what you want to use. The most important thing to remember is that no matter which browser you use, you need to make sure it is always updated. No need to worry if you use Chrome or Firefox as they automatically update for you.

Updating the browser ensures that it is as secure as it can be. This alone should be the reason why you make sure it’s always up to date. Outdated versions leave you open to security flaws that allow malicious websites to steal your files, password or infect your computer.

Some website companies will not test their sites in older or uncommon browsers. If this is something that you want, you’ll probably have to request it.

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