Is your web browser compromising your security? | Ladders

Why me?

Is your web browser compromising your security?

Why me?! And other things we shout when we’re prompted to update our browsers.

We’ve all been there: You’ve just sat down at your computer, ready to surf the web to your heart’s content, when suddenly your eyes are assaulted by that nagging little box telling you a new version of your browser is available to download. “Not this again!” you cry in anguish, shaking your fist toward the sky.

Who has time for this? You’ve got emails to check, jobs to apply for, and golden retrievers’ adorable first romps in the snow to watch. How long will this update take to complete? What if you don’t like the new features? And you just know you’ll have to re-start your whole browser, possibly even your computer, when it’s finished.

How very tempting it is to click “Skip this update” or “Remind me later,” or even “Don’t show this message again” and be rid of that rectangular nuisance for good, free at last to peruse the web as Al Gore intended it…

However, I’m here to explain why you should just bite the bullet and update your web browser to the newest version as soon as possible. Crazy, I know. But please try to suspend your disbelief long enough to read these four reasons why we at Ladders highly recommend updating your browser:

Your computer will remain safe

Potentially the most important reason to keep your browser up-to-date is for the health and safety of your computer. There is a plethora of threats that your computer can be subject to when browsing the internet: Viruses, spyware, adware, and other sorts of malware.

In fact, many browser updates are issued solely to combat these problems, without any other changes or new features built in.

It’s especially crucial if you’re using Internet Explorer, or any other browser on a Windows operating system for that matter. Windows and Internet Explorer have more vulnerabilities than most operating systems and browsers, and tend to be a particular target of hackers and virus writers due to their popularity.

You, personally, will remain safe

Using an outdated browser can leave you more vulnerable to online risks, such as identity theft. An older browser may not block out phishing sites designed to fool you into providing personal information that can compromise your security. If a site seems fishy, it’s probably phishing.

Not sure if this applies to you? Click this link to find out which browser and version you’re currently using to view the web: http://www.whatsmybrowser.org/

It will make your life easier online

Do websites ever look terrible, or pieces of them won’t load? This might be your browser. As the latest and coolest trends in website technologies, visuals, and functionalities start becoming more commonplace in our everyday user experiences, web browsers will continuously need to update in order to accommodate these transitions.

Having an older version may mean not being able to view sites as their creator intended. Additionally, older browsers will load pages more slowly, and are more likely to crash. Certain website features may not work correctly, either.

For example, on Ladders.com, simple actions like submitting a job application or uploading your resume to your Profile page may not function as smoothly we’ve designed them to. Our site is most compatible with the latest versions of each browser, and we encourage you to use them to get the most out of your experience.

It’s free!

Swag! You can find the latest (and safest!) download links for all of the major browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer*, or Safari*) for free on Browse Happy.

*If you’re using an older operating system, your computer may not let you update IE or Safari. You’ll need to download one of the other options instead. But never fear, you should be able to transfer your bookmarks during the setup process!

So there you have it, folks! Updating your browser will save you a lot of time and frustration. Now, run forth into the wind and get those browsers updated! The romping golden retriever videos will still be there when you’re done.

Is your browser updated and ready for job searching? Get started on Ladders for free!