I diligently upgrade when Firefox brings out its latest version. From the
point of view of an ordinary PC user, I’ve been unable to detect any
significant difference from version 7 and earlier to the new 11. Is there
anything? And is it worth upgrading for other than perhaps security/loophole
In this excerpt from
Answercast #11, I look at reasons to keep your web browser updated and
discuss the security implications of getting out-of-date.
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Are there upgrade changes?
The short answer is, “There’s other stuff.”
It’s certainly not that important… if you’re not noticing it. It’s not
something that you’re going to care about. But…
Security is number one
The way you’ve worded the question, you’re kind of minimizing the whole
“security/loophole updates,” as you call it.
I believe, strongly, that when it comes to web browsers (particularly when
it comes to web browsers as popular as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and
any of several others), even if nothing visibly changes, it is critical, it is
important to keep updating to the latest version.
Keep that version as up-to-date as the provider will let you.
Security is ongoing
Those security/loophole updates are coming in all the time. They are
protecting you from malware that’s being written all the time… which take
advantage of the very vulnerabilities that those patches are fixing.
By not staying up-to-date, by sticking with an older version of one of these
utilities, you’re actually running the risk that you could be the victim of
malware that targets a vulnerability that you have elected not to fix.
So, stay up-to-date even if nothing visibly changes. It’s fine, it’s solid,
it’s a good approach to keeping your computer safe.