The internet, as interesting, convenient, amusing, educational, or brain-rotting as it can be - is a dangerous place where among the wealth of information that is shared openly, private information is occasionally stolen. Private data can be extracted from you through phishing scams, unsecure connections and servers, and out-of date web browsers.
While we cannot offer you much more protection from phishing scams than to say - "if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is", we can help you protect yourself from vulnerable web browsers. By installing and maintaining the most up-to-date version of your web browser, you are filling in security holes and rebuilding stability issues that have been uncovered and/or exploited since the previous release.
Most web browsers will prompt you to download the newest release when they become available, and we strongly recommend allowing these updates. If you're unsure if you're up-to-date, here's where you can download and find updates for your favourite browser: Mozilla Firefox: Download Firefox here.
To ensure you're up-to-date: Click the main menu drop-down arrow located at the top left-hand corner of the window. Then, select "Help" and "About Firefox". Your updates will begin downloading automatically and you will be required to restart the browser to complete the installation. Google Chrome: Download Chrome here
To ensure you're up-to-date: Click the main menu icon (indicated by three bars) located to the right-hand side of the address bar. Then, select the "About Google Chrome" option. Your current browser version will be checked and in not up-to -date, you will be prompted for a download.Opera: Download Opera here. To ensure you're up-to-date:
Click the main menu drop-down arrow located at the top left-hand corner of the window. Then, select "Help" and "Check for Updates". Microsoft Internet Explorer: Download Explorer here. To ensure you're up-to-date:
Click the setting menu icon (indicated by a sprocket) located to the right-hand side of the address bar. Then, select "About Internet Explorer" and ensure the "Install new versions automatically" check box has been marked. Safari: Download Safari here
Both Mac and Windows are available for download via this link - however, we do caution Windows users to use their discretion before installing and using this program. While I cannot find any official documentation stating discontinued support of Safari for Windows and the program remains available for download on Apple's support page, there has not been a software update for Windows machines since May of 2012.
To ensure you're up-to-date: Safari for Mac updates automatically when connected. Follow this link to view a list of all security updates
to you've got the latest.
In our last post, we explained why it is best for your security and peace of mind to stay up-to-date with current software programs and their updates. Today, we'll expand on the topic by exploring web browser security.