Browser faults. Yuk. Especially if you’re using an out of date browser – or worse… a dangerous one. Double yuk.
Quite a lot of browser-related problems come from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer website browser – but more on that later.
Your website browser can be a royal pain in the 🍑, and you might not even be aware of it.
This article’s designed to help make sense of some geeky website browser stuff that causes the most common bug / fault reports – it’s been written by the cool kids; easy as pie – no boffins required.
Better still – you can often solve a problem with a website experience by trying a different browser (you might have heard that before).
If you just came here to find the solution, you can just go ahead and download one of the most reliable and stable browsers below and be done with it.
The following website browsers are stable, reliable and auto-updating website browsers:
If you want to know more about the effects of a faulty website browser – then read on!
The website browser you use can effect your experience with any website.
The most important thing you need to know about website browsers is that they need to be updated. If they are not updated, they can cause the following problems:
- Security issues (i.e. hackers taking bank details).
- Website experience problems (i.e. pressing a button and not getting the result you thought you would).
- Sloooooooooow. Out of date browsers can be very slow to download stuff.
Good website browser providers keep updating and improving their technologies to give their user-bases a safe and reliable website browsing experience.
Internet Explorer by Microsoft is the biggest culprit for modern website bugs and problems – it’s not used by many digital professionals due to concerns in its reliability and safety.
The short version – is that the creators: Microsoft, stopped working on it because Google made Google Chrome and took a huge chunk of Internet Explorers customer base. The long and geeky version can be found here.
You can still upgrade to an updated version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (but most people don’t do this anymore).
Upgrading to the most recent version of Internet Explorer isn’t completely catch-free, unfortunately. Some websites and online services are designed to work only with specific versions of Microsoft’s web browser.
That’s the reason many businesses and individuals stick with an old version of Internet Explorer and Windows, despite both being insecure — upgrading just isn’t an easy option.
Vehicle manufacturers pay very large sums of money for software that car dealers use every day – and try to avoid the ongoing software maintenance costs, by freezing the browser in time.
It’s a lot easier to maintain software for one browser type as opposed to all browsers and all versions – but it’s very risky.
Unfortunately for the automotive industry, the browser-of choice back in the day, was Internet Explorer. It’s slow moving – and we mean sloooooooow.
Because of the costs associated, many manufacturers (if not all), try to keep costs to a minimum by ‘freezing’ a browser in time across their network – this helps keeps software maintenance costs much lower that having a team that keeps updating the software to the latest browser developments.
So are the manufacturers taking a silly risk?
No, not really. If it’s being used for the purpose it was intended.
…but you might be.
You need to understand that you can CREATE RISK YOURSELF using a browser that hasn’t been updated for things like:
- Logging into banking.
- Logging into commonly targeted desirable websites prone to hacking, like Autotrader listings, email addresses, anything where customer data is stored.
So don’t do this on a browser that hasn’t been updated properly – don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it. Ever. Thank you.
By all means keep the browser for your manufacturer’s website – but get with the beat Baggy: add an additional browser to surf safe dude.
Have we missed anything? Was it helpful – let us know if we can help!
Beeeeee safe! 👍
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