Have you ever noticed that people only install a burglar alarm once they have been burgled? Their general statements include ‘it won’t happen to me’, or ‘yes, it’s important but I’ll sort it next month’! Security is like a health insurance policy, it’s not really that important until the day you actually need it, unfortunately that’s usually when it’s too late!
Just like your home security, whenever you browse the internet you often don’t worry about the risks. That’s until you realize you’ve downloaded a virus onto your computer and it goes into a frenzy, showing you inappropriate adverts or your bank account has been hacked and you’ve suddenly transferred a generous amount of money to a Mr I Screwedyouover. Therefore, an out-of-date browser is as risky as leaving your car key in the ignition whilst you pop into the shops.
You may not be aware that your browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge, Safari or something else, makes huge efforts to protect you from these risks. All you have to do is update it regularly.
Gone are the days of annual updates, browsers now have multiple updates throughout the year. An out-of-date browser will be more susceptible to security flaws such as spyware and viruses as the updates are designed to combat existing threats. They’ll also have more bugs and will not support some of the newer website functionality, thus diminishing your experience.
So check your browser version, now (usually in settings then About). Whilst you are updating, enable auto updates so you don’t have to think about it again. Our favorite browser (and the one most used by our customers) is Google Chrome. Their current version is 52.