Tech Tip: Browser Beware

Spring is here, and it’s a good time to upgrade your web browser to ensure that you get the best experience possible when accessing www.shellpoint.org and your other favorite websites. While the site was designed to be compatible with a wide range of browsers, it is important to keep in mind that an out-of-date browser will not correctly display the web page. This problem could be true for any web page you visit with an outdated browser. On top of just the experience on the site, an older browser also leaves security holes that haven’t been closed. So updating your browser will not only let you see the webpage correctly, it will also help secure your computer from viruses and malware.

However, I should caution you that changing your browser often change the look and use of a browser. For example, Internet Explorer in version 10, removed the File, Edit, View, Tools, and Help bar from the default, and moved most of it into a button that looks like a gear. So, if something changes after you update, it most likely is still there, just in a different location.

Follow these steps to understand if an update is necessary:

Determine which browser you are using. For PC’s, the most common three are Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox. For a Mac, most people use Safari, but can also use Chrome, or Firefox.

To check for your current version, use the steps below:

Internet Explorer
Current version: 11
1. Click on the gear icon (Or Help if you have if on a toolbar)
2. Click on About Internet Explorer.
3. Read the line that says Version.
Chrome
Current version: 2
1. Click on the three stacked lines under the X on upper right.
2. Click on About Google Chrome
3. Read the line that says Version.

Firefox
Current version: 27
1. Click on Firefox.
2. Hover over Help, and click on About Firefox.
3. The version is listed right under the word Firefox.

Safari (On a Mac)
Current version: 7
1. Click on Safari across the top.
2. Click on About Safari
3. Read the line that says Version.

If the version browser you have doesn’t match the current version, then it is time to update. Luckily, there is a relatively easy way to update your browser. Most people can go to the following website, www.browsehappy.com, click on the matching icon, then just download and install the current version.

At Shell Point Retirement Community, residents benefit from on-site technology services to answer their questions about computers and electronics, as well as a computer teaching center and a resident computer center.

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