Security

Frequently asked questions – web browsers.

How do I update my browser?

Internet Explorer (8, 9 or 10)

  • Open the browser
  • Visit Windows.Microsoft.com to download the latest browser version

Opera (10.5 or above)

  • Open the browser, select Help => Check for Updates

Safari (4 or above)

  • On MacOs
    • To update Safari, open the browser and select Safari Preferences => Software updates.
    • You should configure automatic updates by selecting System Preferences under the Apple logo menu. These updates should include Safari. In the System Preferences dialog select Software Updates. In the Software Updates dialog be sure that “Automatically check for updates”, “Download newly available…” and “Install system…” are all checked.
  • On an iOS device Safari should be automatically updated when new updates of the system are installed.

Chrome (4.1.249.1042 or above)

  • On a PC upon opening Chrome, it automatically installs the latest browser version (unless auto updates have been explicitly disabled)
  • On a mobile device you may get a prompt when there is a new version available. Just click the Update button to install the latest version.

Firefox (3.6.9 or later)

  • Open the browser
  • Upon opening FireFox, it automatically installs the latest browser version (unless user explicitly disabled this auto update)

What is a Web browser?

A Web browser is a software application that allows you to visit and view Web pages and sites. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari are the most common Web browsers.

What is an address bar?

Also known as a URL bar, this is the box at the top of your Web browser that displays the URL or Web address of the page you are viewing.

Browser URL

How do I know what kind of browser I’m using?

With most browsers, simply open the browser, click Help, and select About.

Which browsers come with anti-phishing features?

If you are using the last version of most popular browsers then you will have the most current browser security features. Popular browsers include:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Opera

What is meant by HTTP and HTTPS?

HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) is a format commonly used to send data over the Internet. HTTP data is not encrypted, making it potentially vulnerable to hackers.

HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol using Secure Sockets Layer) encrypts so it can be sent over the Internet more safely. When you enter a URL (a Web address) into a browser, the address will generally begin with either HTTP or HTTPS (as in https://www.paypal.com). Another indication HTTPS is in use is the presence of a padlock icon on the page.

Browser URL

What’s the meaning of SSL?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a secure communications protocol used by browsers, websites, and applications to protect information sent over the Internet. SSL protocol uses encryption and authentication technologies to ensure that only the intended parties can access the information.

What is an Extended Validation SSL Certificate (EV SSL)?

The EV SSL is a digital certificate that provides secure connections to websites. The EV certificate is an improvement over standard SSL certificates because it requires corporations to pass extensive audits and certification processes to prove they own their site domains.

Can I get an EV SSL Certificate for my business?

Yes, but keep in mind that they're primarily made for larger companies whose customers have been victims of phishing.

Feel free to contact your Certificate Authority for more details about the certification process.