Why Having the Latest is the Greatest: Update Your Browser Today
We’ve got a secret weapon in the fight against the fraudsters who are trying to steal the data off your computer or mobile phone: having an up-to-date web browser.
It might seem simple, but by making sure you’re using the latest and supported versions of your favorite web window—Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. or Safari for iPhone users—you’re doing some seriously heavy lifting in protecting your information.
As we’ve mentioned before, having the most up-to-date version of your web browser ensures 128-bit encryption capability. This feature will prevent anyone from “eavesdropping” on your data as it travels between you and your financial institution or your customers.
When your browser or operating system is out of date, critical security patches aren’t being provided by Microsoft, Apple, or other companies—leaving you vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves.
Seek Out HTTPS
Once you’ve updated your browser, make sure you’re visiting secure versions of sites, marked by “https” vs the common “http.”
This is quickly becoming an important point of differentiation on the web. In fact, Google will be changing their search algorithm in July to help consumers avoid any unsecure or questionable sites and directing them away from “http” pages.
Learn More About Staying Safe
Updating your browser is just the first of many important steps to take to keep your information secure while you’re using the web. Check out this additional list of 7 handy tips for protecting your identity.