Updating Your Browser to Improve Security

Many of you have your browsers set to automatically update, but if you are not sure whether or not this is happening on your computers, below are steps to check.

Get a Chrome update when available

Normally updates happen in the background when you close and reopen your computer’s browser. But if you haven’t closed your browser in a while, you might see a pending update:

      1. On your computer, open Chrome.
      2. At the top right, look at More (the icon that is three vertical gray dots)
      3. If an update is pending, the icon will be colored:
        • Green: An update’s been available for 2 days.
        • Orange: An update’s been available for 4 days.
        • Red: An update’s been available for 7 days.

To update Google Chrome:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More (again, three vertical gray dots)
  3. Click Update Google Chrome. If you don’t see this button, you’re on the latest version.
  4. Click Relaunch.

The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you’d prefer not to restart right away, click Not now. The next time you restart your browser, the update will be applied.

How To Update Internet Explorer

You can download Internet Explorer directly from Microsoft, but if you set IE to automatically update, you won’t need to worry about this again:

1. Click on the Start icon.

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2. Type in “Internet Explorer.”

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3. Select Internet Explorer.

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4. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner.

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5. Select About Internet Explorer.

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6. Check the box next to Install new versions automatically.

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7. Click Close.

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Now Internet Explorer will automatically stay up to date, keeping Windows’ internet services patched.