It’s Time to Upgrade Your Browser

We use the web for everything from networking and emailing to reading,

researching, banking and even shopping. It has become our go-to place for any answers we are looking for. So the fact is we spend a majority of our time, at home and work, on the internet. Why then do people not make the effort to upgrade their browsers to make their web browsing experience simpler and easier?

Old Browsers

Internet Explorer (IE): Several Internet users still use old versions of the Internet Explorer (or IE). It was once the most popular browser since it started, 17 years ago, but this is no longer the case. IE is currently out with version 9 and is expected to release the next version this year. However, many people are not using IE9 but are stuck using version 6, 7 or 8. Even so, IE9 is not as up-to-date as other more popular browsers today. If you’re still not convinced then consider the down side of using an outdated browser.

  • Older browser versions are a lot less stable making them highly susceptible to viruses, spyware, malware and other security issues. If you are an online shopper and have your personal and financial info saved online this is very risky business.
  • Old browsers are also very slow and likely to freeze and crash.
  • Another major problem you are bound to face is the limited display capability. For an old browser to show a simple animation, the person creating the site would have to embed a video or flash file or even have to put in a lot of programming code. Essentially this means the page will take that much more time to load and you are likely to get that much more frustrated as new websites will neither look nor function the same as old browsers.

To demonstrate this we used examples of a website in IE8 and a new browser like Chrome or Firefox, from the site: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/07/10/dear-web-user-please-upgrade-your-browser/ The two images below show the difference of viewing this particular website in IE8 and a new browser like Chrome.

A Web page displayed in IE8The same Web page displayed in Google Chrome

A New Browser really is the Best Option.

Switching to a new browser is free and hardly takes much time to set up or save your bookmarks. Let’s look at the front-runners.

Clockwise from top: Opera, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, IE

Google Chrome: Google Chrome came out in 2008 and has a number of advantages over older browsers. It is currently the most popular browser in the world, compared to all versions of IE combined.

Mozilla Firefox: Firefox has been the main competitor to IE since its launch in the mid-2000’s. Google Chrome may be the most popular but Firefox is also a pretty steady browser with many advantages over the old browsers.

Opera: Opera may have been used increasingly at some point but not anymore. It’s

been around since the mid 90’s and is known

for being up-to-date on browser innovation. Moreover, it supports many of the latest technologies that make websites faster and more feature-rich.

Apple’s Safari: Safari was launched in 2003 and is used on all Apple products including the iPhones and iPads, and is very similar to Google’s Chrome.

 

If you like feel the need to have a safer, faster and efficient browser then it’s advisable to upgrade your system browser at the earliest. Here is a list of benefits that come with an up-to-date browser.

New Browsers:

  • Hardly crashes or freezes
  • Lot more secure from viruses, malware or attacks
  • Fixes any security issues
  • Faster loading
  • Larger page view
  • Provides optional plug-ins and add-ons to improve browsing
  • Can be installed on any OS
  • Automatically updates to latest versions or notifies you when an update is available – these make your browser faster with every new update

 

Happy Browsing!