Upgrading your web browser

Socially engineered malware is now one of the most common ways that your computer can be infected with viruses or trojans that put your computer security at risk.

What is socially engineered malware you may be asking? This security category covers anything from funny YouTube video links to get rich quick schemes, photos of a dead celebrity to naked pictures of a teen sensation.

Anything with a heightened level of human interest (think sex, money or fun) can be used nowadays to get people clicking on email links, Facebook status update or shortened URLs in Twitter, sending you over to a phishing site or a hacked server that tries to install dangerous files on your machine.

Why upgrading your browser can help

With the rise in cloud computing, the popularity of free webmail services and the increase in time we spend online, having a modern, secure web browser is your key piece of equipment for staying safe online and getting the best experience on the web.

New software means:

  • better protection against previously identified bugs
  • built in phishing protection for reported attack websites
  • cloud based alerts and updates (think multiple users sending in feedback)
  • and better protection against new attacks yet to be discovered
  • best of all the software is FREE!

At the end of November 2011 it was Update Your Parents’ Browser Day so once you’ve upgraded your own computer, take the time to help out friends, neighbours and family members who might need a little advice and assistance.

Which browser should I use?

That’s partly down to personal preference of course but many computer users stick with Internet Explorer if they’re running on the Windows operating system.

IE9 is currently the most effective and secure browser but it’s a hotly contested area for developers so investigate your options at one of these websites and take a look at Google’s video guidance and our upgrade tips below for more information.

– remember some browsers now auto update or it could be as easy as finding the ‘Help -> Check for updates’ menu option

Google’s quick guide to how to upgrade your browser:

Remember Google produce Chrome, so for editorial integrity we’d recommend you explore the features of all the current popular browsers listed below in alphabetical order:

Chrome, by Google

Firefox

Internet Explorer, by Microsoft

Opera

Safari, by Apple