Why You Should Regularly Evaluate and Update Your Web Browser

There are three main web browsers for PC Users – Chrome (by Google), Internet Explorer (by Microsoft), FireFox (by Mozilla). All three of these web browsers are fine for average web browsing. But if you want to get the best experience and features from your web browsing it’s important that you compare the three on a regular basis.

Every few months each of the web browsers updates itself (if not all three then one or the other) and adds little or big features that could be of use to you. Faster speeds, better security, improved interface. There are many reasons to consider switching browses or updated the one you have.

For example, Google Chrome in a head to head race with Microsoft could be the better browser (for now), for your business. I think Chrome’s browser synchronization is VERY nice as you can access all your browser information from any browser.

Chrome was recently updated and you can read about that update on Google’s blog, here.

The blog post reads:

One of the things people like best about Chrome is that it loads web pages quickly. To get you where you want to go even faster, Chrome will now start loading some web pages in the background, even before you’ve finished typing the URL in the omnibox. If the URL auto-completes to a site you’re very likely to visit, Chrome will begin to prerender the page. Prerendering reduces the time between when you hit Enter and when you see your fully-loaded web page–in some cases, the web page appears instantly.

On the security front, improvements to Chrome’s Safe Browsing technology should help protect you from additional types of malware attacks. Previously, Chrome focused primarily on protecting you from sites that would exploit your computer with no user interaction required. Now, we’re seeing an increase in malicious websites that try to convince you to download and run a file that will harm your computer. Some websites even pretend this malicious file is a free anti-virus product.

To help protect you against malicious downloads, Chrome now includes expanded functionality to analyze executable files (such as “.exe” and “.msi” files) that you download. If a file you download is known to be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads, Chrome will warn you that the file appears to be malicious and that you should discard it. We’re starting small with this initial Beta release, but we’ll be ramping up coverage for more and more malicious files in the coming months. Remember, no technical mechanism can ever protect you completely from malicious downloads. You should always be careful about which files you download and consider the reputation of their source.


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Ramon Ray, Marketing & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com & Infusionsoft. Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook