Have you ever been in the middle of browsing the internet and suddenly your internet speed slows down to a snail’s pace? We’ve all been there, and it’s the most frustrating feeling ever. You restart your computer, close all other tabs, and even check to see if your Wi-Fi connection is working—but nothing seems to help. The good news is that there’s an easy fix: simply update your browser.
Why Update Your Browser?
Browsers are updated regularly for a reason—to patch up any existing security holes and add new features. As time goes on, internet security threats become more sophisticated, so it’s important to have the latest browser version in order to protect yourself from potential attacks. Additionally, newer browser versions usually load pages faster than older ones. So, if you’re noticing that your internet speed has been slowing down recently, it could be because you’re using an out-of-date browser.
How to Update Your Browser
The process for updating your browser differs depending on which one you use. Here are instructions for some of the most popular browsers:
Google Chrome: Click the three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen > Help > About Google Chrome. Your browser will automatically check for updates and prompt you to install them if they’re available.
Mozilla Firefox: Click the three bars in the upper-left corner of the screen > Select “Help” from the dropdown menu > Click “About Firefox.” Like with Chrome, your browser will automatically check for updates and notify you if they exist.
Internet Explorer: Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the screen > About Internet Explorer. Once again, your browser will automatically look for updates and notify you if any are available.
Safari: Click Safari in the upper-left corner of the screen > Preferences… > Software Updates. From here, you can choose whether or not to have Safari automatically check for updates— we recommend keeping this feature turned on so that you don’t have to remember to manually update it yourself every time a new version comes out.
Microsoft Edge: Same as Safari—click Microsoft Edge in the upper-left corner of the page > Settings > System > Advanced system settings > Open Microsoft Update > Install optional updates now (or Check online for updates from Microsoft Update).
By keeping your browser up-to-date, you can ensure optimal internet speed and protect yourself from potential security threats. Updating your browser is easy and only takes a few minutes—so don’t wait any longer if you’re experiencing slow internet speeds!