Users of old browsers may be experiencing a touch of regression after Google has begun showing out-of-date versions of their search engine. But how important is upgrading a browser?
In a bid to keep people up to date with the latest software, Google are gently forcing the hand of users to upgrade to safer, current versions of various browsers
The move is a continuation of a policy which began in 2011, when Google announced it was dropping Gmail support for older browsers.
So are Google out of order forcing users to upgrade to the latest platform? Surely the choice is for the individual as to what they use?
Or are Google right to drag their users up to date? Keeping them safe from potential security breaches and optimising their website for best use.
Why should you update a browser?
Google are being little naughty forcing users to upgrade, but they do have a valid point nudging users towards updating ailing browsers.
An outdated browser can pose a number of a problems and security risks, if not patched with the correct programmes.
The major issue with an old browser is the potential for a security leak.
Older versions of browsers are far more prone to security vulnerabilities, with the owners of the browsers less likely to offer security patches and continuous upgrades.
If you run a web browser that’s out of date and houses a known security vulnerability, you risk having your computer compromised by criminals, hackers and malicious software.
Depending on the security exploit, your personal information like emails, banking details, online sales, history and (rather vogue at the moment) photos could be at risk.
Updates and new version of browsers are there to keep users and websites safe.
IT departments worldwide want to reduce the risk of security breaches, so reducing the number of browsers they support is an efficient way to cut costs and workload. For many IT teams, why would they bother tweaking fixes for a 6 year old browser when the new release is perfectly safe?
As you can imagine the issue of updating, optimising and maintaining one browser is difficult enough for companies.
But remember there are now five major browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari. As well as a small range of smaller browsers with a decent market share.
If you multiply a problem experienced with one browser across multiple platform, managing development on the older browser becomes really difficult.
Online retail and the financial service sector are particularly susceptible to security scams involving an out-of-date browser.
This creates a serious security problem for companies, especially in the ecommerce industry which are heavily dependent on browser security to simply access services.
If you find yourself shopping on the internet often or use internet banking it is highly recommended you use the latest updates to a browser- As well as internet security software.
For a purely aesthetic point of view. Older version of browsers tend to deliver a much poorer experience when used on a mobile device.
They’re often un-responsive or slower to load complex pages, which isn’t ideal for a tablets or smartphones.
For designers and programming experts, maintaining a good ‘user experience’ on website becomes increasingly difficult across multiple versions of a browser. It means creating either individual patches for old systems or diluting packages so they can work across the board.
So Google might be little out of line forcing the hand of outdated users, but there are serious issues that can arise from an out-of-date browser.