How to: upgrade your browser
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