How to: up­grade your browser

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IN­TER­NET Ex­plorer 9 has been avail­able for a few weeks, but up­grad­ing soft­ware is of­ten left for ‘‘when I have time’’. Too of­ten, that time never comes.

Up­grad­ing a browser not only pro­vides a bet­ter web ex­pe­ri­ence, but bet­ter se­cu­rity, and now is a great time to up­grade your browser (fresh Fire­fox 4 has been re­leased, too).

You can find the IE9 down­load at beau­ty­oftheweb.com.

How­ever, those us­ing Win­dows XP will miss out on this up­grade as it is not sup­ported by the op­er­at­ing sys­tem. The lat­est up­grade for XP is IE8. For Win­dows Vista and Win­dows 7 users, there are 32-bit and 64-bit ver­sions from which to choose.

Down­load­ing IE9 takes a lit­tle longer than other browsers such as Fire­fox and Google’s Chrome. When the down­load is com­plete, you must shut the com­puter down, re­boot it and do an op­er­at­ing sys­tem up­date. Just fol­low the prompts.

Once in­stalled, the first page wel­comes you ‘‘to a more beau­ti­ful web’’ and high­lights some of the fea­tures and cus­tomi­sa­tions you can make to your browser.

IE9 adds more fea­tures than its pre­de­ces­sors, and is worth a close look. Some fea­tures avail­able to IE8 have also been switched off by de­fault ( such as Quick View).

One of the big new fea­tures of IE9, like both Chrome and Fire­fox, is a do-not-track func­tion that blocks be­havioural ad­ver­tis­ing. Users can add a list of sites to this func­tion.

Third-party lists are also avail­able to help man­age and block sites ( such as Ad­block Plus). JOSHUA GRECH

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