Say Buzz Off to Browser Baddies

Say Buzz Off to Browser Baddies

Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Don't get all the fuss about browsers? Well if you did, chances are you maybe a little less complacent.

When thinking about your browser, it is always worth keeping in mind that your browser is a 2-way door between you and the WWW. Ensuring your browser is up-to-date is crucial to your web browsing security. Everytime you open that browsing doorway, not only are you looking out, you are also allowing others to peek back in. The majority of those prying eyes are beneficial and are there to enhance your browsing experience but a small minority most certainly are not!

Keeping your browser up-to-date is the cyber equivalent of a big burly doorman keeping watch for any dubious or suspicious behaviour and alerting you of any potential hazards.

Having an out-of-date browser is like expecting PC Plod on his bicycle to catch a burgler in a Ferrari. He'd be long gone with all of your hard earned goodies before PC Plod had even got his bicycle clips on. Browsers only look for hazards which they knew of when they were released but as technology and cyber crime evolves at such a fast rate, web browsers also need to up-date to keep on top of these changes.

Don't really understand what a browser is or what it does? Want to know more?

It's pretty simple really, a browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including web pages, images, video and other files. When you open your browser and enter a request, your browser contacts the web server and requests information. The Web server sends the information back to your web browser which displays the results on the computer or other internet-enabled device being used. Your browser is the most important piece of software on your computer as it is the 2-way door between you and the WWW.

Popular browsers include: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

Browsers are free to upgrade and install.

Don't know how to check if yours is up-to-date and what to do if it isn't?

Well that couldn't be easier to solve. Click on http://whatbrowser.org/ . Once done, this site will tell you what browser you are using and will offer you up-date options if it is out-of-date. Simple...

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