Web browsers are our windows to the web
The average observer might note that we sure spend a lot of time online. In fact, a 2022 study shows that across the globe, the average internet user spends around 7 hours a day online. Between work, social media, digital streaming, online shopping, and countless other time-wasting diversions, it often seems that the majority of our lives is conducted through our screens.
While much of that traffic has been moving to mobile devices, a large part of it still happens through our computers’ web browsers. Browsers act as our windows to the web, but there is more going on then just a simple conduit to cyberspace. Web browsers are often the target of attacks, simply because of the sheer number of users.
Your Web Browser needs updates!
Web browser developers have to keep a constant eye on security threats that could pose risks to their users. As a result, web browsers are constantly being updated. If you are not updating your web browser on a regular basis, you likely have security holes that could be exploited by any number of bad actors.
Some of those updates are very important, including a critical update for Chrome and Edge in May 2022 – Chrome Warning: Google Issues Critical Browser Update
How do I update my browser?
Most modern browsers will notify you when they need updating. For instance- Edge, Firefox and Chrome browsers will show a notification in the upper right corner when there is an update available. You just need to click that notification to install and restart your browser with the newest updates.
On Opera, you’ll need to open the menu and choose Update & Recovery to check for updates. If you are using older browsers like Internet Explorer (which is no longer updated), install a newer, supported browser.
With so much of our daily Internet traffic going through our web browsers, keeping your browser up-to-date is essential for your online safety.
As always, NGT is here to help! If you have questions, contact ngthelp.com.