Is it time to upgrade with a new download?
No, seriously, it may be time to try a new browser for the Internet, and we recommend Mozilla Firefox.
If you're not sure what browser you use, it's OK. A lot of people don't know. They just know what to click on for the Internet to pop up. To see what you're using, look at the top of your Internet window. Most browsers have the name to the left of the menu containing File, Edit, View, etc.
Making things a little more complicated, browsers update . . . some often. I'm actually using Firefox 26.0 and Chrome 31.0. The higher the number, the newer the version. The newest version of Internet Explorer is 11.0. As the number indicates, it doesn't update as often. To me, that's an issue and a big reason I don't like it as well. Every browser has bugs, and Firefox and Chrome squash theirs faster.
So what browser version are you using? Go back to where the name of the browser is located and click on it. In the drop down you should find "About Firefox" (or Chrome, etc). It will tell you what version you're using. If you're not using the most recent version, that's OK, but you don't want to be several versions back. There's a good chance you're missing things on the sites you're visiting if your browser is too old.
And if you've never updated your browser, that's a very good sign that it's time for an update. Keep in mind that an update means new, and the newer browser will look and feel differently than what you're using now. Change can be hard to adjust to, but without an occasional update, there will come a point when you are not able to view pages you try to access. The Internet is not a place where you can simply do what you've always done.
Here's a link for the Firefox download. Just click on the green box with the fox on the right hand side of the page. Give it a try and see if you like it.
White Firefox is our favorite, it's not the only browser we use for building websites. We also like Chrome and Safari. I actually have all three on my MacBook Pro and keep Internet Explorer on my HP (just to check websites because I really don't like using that browser).
Now what about all of those other updates that keep popping up on your computer? That's for a future blog.
Good luck updating and have fun with your new browser, whether it's a newer version or a different company.