As we increasingly rely on the internet to do business, learn, shop and socialize, it’s more important than ever to make sure the browser you’re using is up to date. Using the most current version of a browser protects users against vulnerabilities that hackers and scammers can exploit and helps ensure that webpages load and function properly. No matter what you use – Chrome, Safari, Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or others – please take a few minutes and make sure you are protected. Consider it an investment in the security of your family and business.
(While each situation varies depending on the user’s operating system and browser, we created a quick guide that should fit most situations below. If this doesn’t work for you, please search the internet for the latest information, taking care to ensure you only view secure sites.)
Google Chrome normally downloads updates automatically, but won’t automatically restart to install them. To manually update or verify you have the latest version of Chrome, open Chrome, click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button in the upper-right corner ( ) > Help > About Google Chrome. The current version will display and Chrome will check for any updates and immediately download them. When the download completes, click on the ‘Relaunch’ button.
The Microsoft Edge browser is tied to Windows 10 and so are its updates. To update the Edge browser, you need to update Windows by pressing the Windows key, typing ‘Check for Updates’ and pressing Enter. The Windows Update box should pop up on your screen; click the ‘Check for Updates’ button.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
It is commonly agreed upon that Internet Explorer is being phased out and that users should pursue a more secure internet browser. If this is your favorite way to surf the web, now is a good time to start researching new options. In the meantime, make sure you have the latest Windows updates that are available from Microsoft to keep your version of Internet Explorer up to date. Many older Windows operating systems, like Windows 7, still allow users to use the Internet Explorer version tied to that operating system. These versions of Internet Explorer are not supported and therefore updates are not available, leaving users vulnerable.
Mozilla Firefox should automatically download updates and prompt you when they are available to install. To manually update or verify you have the latest version of Firefox, open Firefox > click the Open Menu button in the upper-right hand corner ( ) > Help > About Firefox. The current version will display and Firefox will check for any updates and download them automatically. When the download completes, you will need to click on the ‘Restart to update Firefox’ button.
Safari should stay up-to-date automatically with Apple updates turned on. To manually update or verify you have the latest version of Safari, open the Apple Menu and choose App Store. At the top of the window that appears, click on the ‘Updates’ button. On the update screen, click on the blue ‘More’ link to expand the list of software updates, select Safari and click ‘Update’.