How to Update Web Browsers for Safe Browsing
As cybercriminals seek innovative techniques to target vulnerable systems in an evolving digital space, securing web browsers has become more critical than ever. Outdated browsers provide an array of opportunities for hackers to exploit users’ devices and compromise their personal information. It could also pose a serious threat to users’ corporate data by exposing sensitive data to major security vulnerabilities.
By Rudra Srinivassenior editor, CISO MAG
Updating browsers regularly can not only prevent security threats but also quickly load web pages with all updated features. Some modern web browsers automatically update to the latest versions, while several others require manual input for download and installation.
Read on to learn how to update some popular web browsers.
Google Chrome automatically updates to the latest available version. To check the same or to update it manually, follow the steps below.
- Open the Google Chrome browser
- Click on on the control button in the upper right corner of the screen
- Go to Settings and click on About Chromium
- Chrome automatically check for updates and displays the current version.
- If the updates are not installed, click the Relaunch button to restart the browser
To check if Firefox is automatically updated to the latest version or to update it manually:
- Open the Mozilla Firefox browser
- Click it Open menu button in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Select the To help options at the bottom
- Select About Firefox
- Click it Restart button to update Firefox on popup window appeared to update new features
To check if Microsoft Edge is automatically updated to the latest version or to update it manually:
- Open Microsoft Edge browser
- Click the icon in the upper right corner of the browser window
- Select the Help and feedback option and click About Microsoft Edge from the side menu
- Edge updates automatically if it’s not the recent version
- Click on the To restart ability to refresh the browser
Microsoft automatically updates the Internet Explorer browser (to the IE11 version) with its Windows Update characteristic. Usually, Windows Update is automatically enabled in Windows 10 and cannot be disabled for users except enterprise users. To manually check or update the browser:
- press the windows key in the lower left corner of the screen
- Type Check for updates and Walk in
- Under the Windows Update section, click Check for updates
Microsoft stopped sending security updates to Internet Explorer last year. Internet Explorer 11 is the latest updated version available. Microsoft Now recommended using Microsoft Edge as the default browser and supports Internet Explorer 11 for backward compatibility.
The Safari browser updates automatically if Apple updates are enabled. To check if Safari is on the latest version or to update it manually:
- Open the Apple menu by clicking the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the home screen
- Select AppStore Option
- Click it Update selector button at the bottom of the navigation panel on the left
- To find Safari and click Update
How to update the browser on mobile phones
Most web browsers automatically update to current versions on mobile devices running on android, iOSand the Windows platforms. If automatic updates are not working, open play store/ App store/Windows Apps to check the updated version of the browser and install it.
About the Author
Rudra Srinivas is a senior writer and part of the CISO MAG editorial team. He writing news and features on cybersecurity trends.
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